PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc.
TSX VENTURE : PIX

PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc.

December 05, 2006 08:01 ET

PEER 1 Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

PEER 1 Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PIX), a leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions.

The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program recognizes PEER 1's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Bill White, PEER 1's chief information officer. "This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers and to utilize the benefits of the Gold Certified Partner program to further enhance our product and service offerings."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert advisor for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes PEER 1 as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

To qualify to become a Gold Certified Partner, PEER 1 demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. In addition to obtaining employee Microsoft certifications and PEER 1 customer references, PEER 1 had to declare and earn a Microsoft Competency - in this case, in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry. The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency is designed for partners with proven expertise in designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions. Because customers are increasingly asking to do more with less, partners with the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency can identify their unique skill in helping customers access management solutions, improve operational efficiency, and reduce security risks.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.

About PEER 1:

PEER 1 is a leading Internet infrastructure provider delivering highly scalable hosting and co-location solutions to ensure a client's online presence is fast performing and available 100% of the time. Since its inception in 1999, the company has grown to include data centers and network points of presence in 17 major cities across North America and Europe, all connected by PEER 1's world class Internet network. PEER 1 serves a variety of small- and medium-sized businesses including emerging technology companies, hosting providers, online gaming providers, Internet phone (VoIP) companies, and professional services organizations. The company's headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and the stock is traded on the TSX Venture exchange under the symbol PIX. For more information visit http://www.peer1.com.

Contact Information

  • PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc.
    Katie Wilson
    Director of Communications
    1-866-683-7747
    Website: www.peer1.com