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ProfitBricks Launches Foundation Program for Startups

Qualifying Startups Receive Generous Discounts for Next-Generation Cloud Computing Services

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- ProfitBricks, the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company that completely reengineered the delivery of cloud computing, today announced the launch of the ProfitBricks Foundation Program for startups. To demonstrate support for the startup community, ProfitBricks is offering qualifying startups virtual data centers featuring the industry's first user-defined network configurations at a dramatically reduced cost for one year. The program rolled out today to qualifying New England startups and will be offered nationally in early 2013.

"ProfitBricks' Foundation program is perfect for our startup -- it's more scalable, more flexible and the easiest to setup and maintain," said USpin Founder Ethan Bagley, Boston Startup Weekend organizer and ProfitBricks customer. "The Data Center Designer allows our team to focus on our product and not on learning and implementing a string of acronyms and complex setup configurations."

Companies with revenue of less than $1 million per year will be eligible to receive the use of a cloud server from ProfitBricks for one year without cost. They will also receive 20 percent off of their IaaS services from ProfitBricks for one year. ProfitBricks' clear, simple pricing model enables startups to break free from typical cloud computing pricing models that are astonishingly confusing and complex.

"Every startup deserves a cloud infrastructure that offers the speed and flexibility they need to stay competitive," said ProfitBricks USA CEO Bob Rizika. "Our goal is to offer ProfitBricks' virtual data center technology to startups who value access to cost-effective, next-generation cloud computing services. Our Data Center Designer and APIs enable startups to get up and running faster and spend less time on DevOps."

ProfitBricks - More Speed, Less Money and Easier To Setup and Maintain
Undergoing rapid growth since launching in September 2012, ProfitBricks offers some of the industry's highest performing cloud computing IaaS services known for exceptionally easy setup and maintenance.

With dedicated cores, faster network and storage, and bigger, customizable instances, ProfitBricks consistently ranks as the top price-performance leader in the cloud computing space. ProfitBricks is 20 to 60 percent less expensive than the market leaders and offers free software defined networks, firewalls, double redundant storage and 24 hours a day, seven days a week of system administrator engineer-level personal support.

ProfitBricks is the world's first cloud computing service that includes an easy-to-use graphical user interface -- making the setup and maintenance of cloud environments simple.

About ProfitBricks
ProfitBricks, Cloud Computing Accelerated -- is a global cloud infrastructure provider that offers the fastest and most flexible cloud computing services on the market today. ProfitBricks was founded in 2010 by Achim Weiss and Andreas Gauger, previous cofounders of 1&1, which is a majority part of United Internet AG (UDIRF, $3.9B Mkt Cap). With funding from the founders and United Internet, ProfitBricks has built the world's first true virtual data center technology enabling flexible user defined instances with live vertical scaling capability, class-leading double redundant cloud storage -- all with simple and transparent minute-based billing. Customers can deploy existing and new applications on the ProfitBricks public cloud, or design and build their own private cloud network -- all without capital or the limitations, risk and overhead of traditional co-location and dedicated hosting solutions. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany and Boston, MA, ProfitBricks is comprised of over 100 team members from 17 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.profitbricks.com/us/en/.

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