ATLANTA, March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced general availability of its new Certified Application Servers™ (CAS) service for the small and mid-sized business market, enabling users to securely access and run their most frequently used business productivity applications from anywhere, any time and on any device. The service was developed to support needs identified in Cbeyond's December 2012 Business Leader Snapshot Survey which found that 91 percent of SMB owners believe applications will be critical to their business in 2013, highlighting the value of providing safe, universal access to essential business productivity programs and relevant data. Cbeyond's Certified Application Servers allow businesses to take an existing enterprise application and associated data to a secure cloud environment and give them confidence that the migration, performance and operation of that application in the cloud will mirror their on-premise server experience. Cbeyond can make this commitment because its customers access their business-critical applications in the cloud over dedicated, symmetrical bandwidth that directly links their premise to a secure data center utilizing Cbeyond's privately-owned, premise-to-cloud TotalNetwork™ architecture, thereby ensuring their data never touches the public Internet. Additionally, Cbeyond can certify business productivity software programs—including proprietary software programs—to meet a customer's unique needs while guiding them through a rapid migration to the cloud – often within a week. "Our goal is to provide SMBs with a superior cloud experience that is no different than what they experience on a local desktop," said Chris Ortbals, senior vice president, product management. "As the only cloud provider tailoring and supporting applications for specific SMB use cases, Cbeyond further serves as the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, helping them drive efficiency by truly aligning both cloud and network capabilities."