Q9 Hosting Labatt Web Sites in High-Availability VMware Environment



    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Q9 Networks Inc. is pleased to announce that it
is providing high availability managed hosting services for a number of high
profile Labatt Breweries of Canada Web properties including: labatt.com,
labattblue.ca, budweiser.ca, budlight.ca, keiths.ca and kokaneebeer.ca.
    Under the terms of the agreement, Labatt is taking advantage of Q9's
multiple data centres to host production, staging and disaster recovery
infrastructure for the sites. Q9 is providing a complete suite of managed
services, including: servers, switches, data backup and restore, Internet
bandwidth and 7x24 support. The Web properties are being hosted using
Q9-supported VMware, allowing Labatt's advertising agencies to separately and
cost-effectively administer the more than half dozen Web properties in
multiple virtual environments.
    "When integrated with offline brand promotions and events, our Web
properties become an important consumer interface, driving recruitment and
creating engagement with our brands," says Matt Ramella, Manager, Media and
Digital Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "Ensuring that these properties
are always available and delivering high performance is paramount. We need a
hosting partner that can deliver end-to-end management, consistent reliability
and superior performance. After extensive due diligence, we determined there
was only one provider able to meet all of our requirements, and that was Q9."
    Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most
demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and
cooling demands of today's high density computing devices. Customers connect
to the Internet via Q9's unique network and are protected by Q9's 100 percent,
SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and network availability. Customer
equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's
Control Centre, staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities
management.
    "We are delighted to have been chosen by Labatt, Canada's largest brewery
and one of the country's most recognized brands," says Osama Arafat, CEO, Q9
Networks. "Our managed services are designed with exactly this type of
customer in mind. Forward thinking customers like Labatt recognize the
significance of their Web presence when it comes to reputation and market
growth. We are pleased to provide Labatt with the robust and secure
infrastructure it needs to ensure a superior online experience for its
customers."

    About Labatt

    Since its founding in 1847, Labatt has become an internationally renowned
brewer. Today, Labatt is a proud member of Anheuser-Busch InBev, producing
over 60 quality beers, employing 3,000 Canadians, and operating seven
breweries from coast to coast. For more information about Labatt Breweries of
Canada visit: www.labatt.com.

    About Q9 Networks:

    Q9 Networks is a leading Canadian provider of outsourced data centre
infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9's
data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA which
guarantees 100% network and power availability. Q9 managed services,
including: bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual
private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning
and scalability of client infrastructure.





For further information:

For further information: Kevin Spikes, Director, Marketing & Corporate
Communications, Q9 Networks, Toronto: (416) 848-3311, Toll Free:
1-888-696-2266, media.relations@Q9.com

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