ATLANTA, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On May 9, the American Business Awards named Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, a Finalist in the Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software category in the 2013 American Business Awards. Cbeyond will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. Cbeyond is nominated in the Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software category for Cloud Application/Service. Launched in October 2012, Cbeyond's TotalCloud™ Data Center service enables small and medium-sized businesses to customize cloud services without having to purchase, configure, install and manage servers. Specifically, TotalCloud Data Center allows businesses to adjust storage, security and processing power quickly and efficiently to reflect changing business and operating requirements. TotalCloud Data Center combines enterprise-class networking, storage and security to handle demanding, real-time business application workloads. Available in both public and private formats based on security needs, the service includes managed and monitored security features, backup services and round-the-clock infrastructure monitoring and support.