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February 11, 2014

Southern Farm Bureau Picks C Spire Data Center to Improve Business Continuity

Life insurance company Southern Farm Bureau has selected C Spire data center as an advanced business continuity solution to enhance its mainframe and distributed systems disaster recovery program.

Charles Allen, vice president and CTO of Jackson-based Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company said, “Since 1946, our mission has not changed. Our employees and 3,800 agents are committed to meeting the financial service needs of families across the Southeast with superior products and services.”

“This means investing to ensure that in times of greatest need, our customers can rely on us to continue to provide the highest quality services and support without interruption by the most advanced technology and information services infrastructure,” Allen added.

C Spire was picked as the new center is located near the insurance company’s primary data operations. The 23,800 square foot center will be completed in November 2014, and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and other firms will start using the data center.

Also the certified rating of the center ensures optimum fiber connectivity provision. C Spire’s Tier 3 (News - Alert)-plus facility will have enough commercial space to cater to the needs of businesses and government agencies, said officials.

Located in a low-risk geographic zone the center will enjoy direct access to C Spire’s ring-protected fiber optic network which will be managed by locally-based IT staff continuously.

C Spire will offer colocation, managed hosting, computing, storage, disaster recovery, enterprise cloud services, network and connectivity services. The security infrastructure, disaster contingency plans, a C Spire solutions center, management office and conference room are added features of the data center.

Kevin Hankins, COO for C Spire remarked, “Our center and the solutions it houses will be world class. What’s more important is that we will know our customers intimately, we will be highly flexible in tailoring services to meet their needs and the level of attention and support they will receive will be unmatched. This combination of value and service doesn’t exist elsewhere.”

Recently C Spire introduced PERCS customer loyalty program to attract new customers and to reward existing customers. C Spire is one of the first wireless service providers to introduce a loyalty rewards program, a move that helped the company to gain an edge over competition in the mid-tier wireless services market. The PERCS program has so far garnered around 434,405 members in the two years since its launch.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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