updated 3/15/2011 1:47:37 PM ET 2011-03-15T17:47:37

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream Hosted Solutions, one of the nation's premier providers of enterprise-class managed hosting solutions, today announced that Bojangles' Restaurants, a leading restaurant brand with nearly 500 locations in 11 states, has significantly expanded its service contract with Windstream Hosted Solutions.

Bojangles' first became a Windstream Hosted Solutions customer in May 2008. The latest agreement includes additional colocation capacity in the Windstream Hosted Solutions SAS-70 Type II certified data center, as well as managed services to support Bojangles' growth. 

"With nearly 500 stores operating in 11 states, reliability is critical for our business," said Shad Collins, senior director of IT with Bojangles'. "Previously, we managed our core applications that required compliance regulations with Windstream Hosted Solutions but continued to manage our IT environment internally.  Given the rate at which our business has grown, we can't afford reliability and performance issues. We need a trusted partner that we can rely on so we can focus on the core business of building and running the best restaurant brand in the Southeast. We have great confidence in the team at Windstream Hosted Solutions and their ability to keep our systems up and running at all times."

The Windstream Hosted Solutions data centers are built to a 2N power distribution design standard, which features dedicated redundant elements from top to bottom, including generators, utility feeds, main electrical switchboards, and more.  This provides Bojangles' and all Windstream Hosted Solutions customers with superior uptime and reliability.

"We're proud to partner with Bojangles'," said Josh Wolff, Charlotte regional director for Windstream Hosted Solutions. "They have an incredibly well-respected brand, and the expansion of their contract speaks to the strength of our relationship.   We look forward to many great years ahead."

For more information about Windstream Hosted Solutions, visit windstreambusiness.com/hosted.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq:WIN), headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 communications and technology solutions provider with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles. For more information about Windstream, visit www.windstream.com.

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About Bojangles'

Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. serves only the highest quality and most flavorful food to its loyal customers, with all its proprietary menu items made from scratch.   A special blend of seasonings gives the food its unique flavor, including Bojangles' world famous  chicken, fresh made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and unique sides like Dirty Rice™, Cajun Pintos™ and Seasoned Fries.  First franchised in 1978, Bojangles' boasts close to 500 locations in 11 states, primarily in the Southeast. The Company was named one of the top 10 growth concepts in 2009 by both GE Capital and QSR magazine.  For more information, visit www.bojangles.com.

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