October 12, 2009 09:15 ET

Start-Ups and SMBs Enter Final Week to Win Free IT for a Year With 8KMiles' Thrivabil-IT Challenge

Chance to Win Over $15,000 in Cloud-Based IT Software, Hardware and Services Ends Oct. 16

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - Giving start-ups and SMBs a leg up in the current economy, 8KMiles, a leading provider of on-demand workforce and cloud computing infrastructure, is helping companies to do more with less. Launched in September and now in its final week, the 8KMiles' Thrivabil-IT Challenge will give one winning company free IT for a year with over $15,000 of 8KMiles' tools and services. Now through 11:59pm PDT on October 16, start-ups and SMBs have the chance to win:

--  Over 10,000 hours of access to cloud-based IT software, hardware and
--  Ready to use development environments
--  Unlimited job postings
--  Free 6-way video conferencing for a year
--  IT consulting and support
--  Access to 1,000s of highly skilled contractors
--  National exposure

The 8KMiles Thrivabil-IT Challenge is open to any U.S. based start-up or SMB until 11:59PM PDT on October 16, 2009, with the winner announced around October 20, 2009. Participants can enter by simply visiting and completing a brief registration process.

Once registered, all participants will have a chance to create their own virtual company online and take advantage of 8KMiles comprehensive toolkit of cloud-based services, collaboration tools and unlimited job postings.

"We launched the Thrivabil-IT Challenge last month to encourage start-ups and SMBs to think smart and lean in a difficult economic climate by looking to new advances in cloud computing that are enabling them to securely and cost-effectively execute their projects online," states Prabhu Karunakaran, EVP of 8KMiles.

With 8KMiles, companies can simply log-in, set up their profile, search and select skilled staff for their projects and then lease virtual company infrastructure, cloud-based software and ready to use development environments, based on an hourly pay-as-you-go subscription, with no upfront costs.

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About 8KMiles:

8KMiles is an online community of verified professionals and companies that enables outsourcing of software and other knowledge services completely over the internet. The 8KMiles ecosystem provides the people, hardware, software and tools required for outsourcing on-demand effectively enabling a no cap-ex model of "Software Development-as-a-Service" and other knowledge services. 8KMiles' platform facilitates successful execution of projects in a secure environment with complete visibility and control for companies in addition to providing opportunities for business development and information technology professionals to offer services to companies. 8KMiles is privately held with offices in USA and India.

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