September 09, 2004
Telecom firm ordered to pay $10 million
Florida company broke lease on Austin offices, jury says
By Shonda Novak
Saturday, August 28, 2004
A Travis County jury has ordered a Tampa, Fla.-based telecommunications firm to pay more than $10 million for reneging on its lease for space in a downtown Austin office building.
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Staff writer, American City Business Journals Inc.
TAMPA - A local telecommunications company recently received a costly dose of Texas justice.
On Aug. 26, an Austin jury entered a $10-million judgment against Switch and Data Facilities Co. Inc., after finding the company guilty of civil charges ranging from fraud and material breach to negligent misrepresentation.
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Instead of expanding its current infrastructure, CrystalTech chose to transition its new data center to Sterling Network to focus on its core competency of web hosting while leaving systems and facility management to an expert in those categories. While Sterling Network will manage the facilities, CrystalTech will have onsite staff 24x7x365 to develop and maintain their network infrastructure as they have since their inception.
"With Sterling Network, we will be able to meet all of our requirements for future growth in a fraction of the time it would take for us to expand our current infrastructure and facility," said Tim Uzzanti, President and CEO of CrystalTech. "The new data center will accommodate our high growth rates, allow us to increase our levels of service and support and strengthen the level of redundancy of our infrastructure."
Sterling Network's Tier 4 2N+2 facility provides CrystalTech and its customers the highest level of safety and security. Housed within an industrial-grade, blast-resistant concrete structure, the data center offers state-of-the-art biometric and physical control devices, manned security and video surveillance and advanced fire detection and suppression. Along with the building's impressive record of providing uninterrupted electrical service, the data center is located in Phoenix, Ariz., renowned for its stable climate and rated the best location for a Disaster Recovery site in the United States.
Sterling Network also offers CrystalTech increased service reliability and the highest quality Internet connectivity. Their facility provides access to over 30 diverse bandwidth and fiber providers, giving CrystalTech the ability to expand its current service offerings. "The move to Sterling Network will further enhance CrystalTech's ability to deliver the highest in quality web hosting with unsurpassed service and support to our growing customer base," said Uzzanti. "We will have the luxury of evaluating and improving the products and services we currently have going beyond simple price reduction with this new infrastructure."
Sterling Network looks forward to supporting CrystalTech's impressive and growing operation. "We are prepared to support CrystalTech with as much top quality space, power and bandwidth as they need," said Anthony Wanger, Managing Partner of Sterling Network. "This partnership enables CrystalTech's customers to enjoy the same benefits realized by Sterling's enterprise and carrier customers."
With this service contract with Sterling Network, CrystalTech again shows itself to be an industry leader with a continuing focus on providing the highest level of service and support to its web hosting clients now and for years to come.
Founded in 1992, CrystalTech Web Hosting, Inc. is one of the largest Windows-based web hosting companies in the world, hosting customers in over 80 countries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. CrystalTech is responsible for hundreds of millions of visits each day on the Internet and uses a state-of-the-art data center that includes redundancy throughout core systems like power, air conditioning, network connectivity, network transportation, as well as a secured environment for their network operations center. CrystalTech is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Newtek Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: NKBS), a premier provider of business services and financial products to small and medium-sized businesses.
For more information about CrystalTech, please contact 877-323-4678
or visit http://www.crystaltech.com.
About Sterling Network Services
Sterling Network Services, LLC, is a leading managed data center and network service provider in the Southwest United States. Sterling Network provides exceptionally high quality data center infrastructure, internet and private network connectivity and business continuity solutions to public and private enterprises around the world. The Sterling Network facility is one of the most connected in North America, featuring direct access to more than three dozen carriers, all provided on a carrier neutral basis.
For more information about Sterling Network, please contact 602-682-2200
or visit http://www.sterlingnetwork.com.
For Additional Information Contact:
Newtek Business Services
Barry Sloane, 212-356-9500
Aurelius Consulting Group, Inc.
Dave Gentry, 407-644-4256
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