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CenterBeam Grows IT Services through Acquisition of Network Insight (Press Release)


CenterBeam Grows IT Services through Acquisition of Network Insight
Market-Leader Gains Deeper Network Expertise and Offers Further Redundancy

San Jose, Calif—October 28, 2008—Today CenterBeam, Inc. announced it has acquired Network Insight, a premier network management and consulting services firm based out of San Diego, California.  The acquisition strengthens CenterBeam’s position as the leading managed services provider (MSP) to the mid-size market by bringing deeper network design, architecture and management expertise. Additionally, the location in San Diego provides CenterBeam with another network operations center (NOC) for further redundancy.

Network Insight focuses exclusively on IP network systems integration and managed services to organizations from several hundred users up to Tier I service providers. The acquisition significantly increases the number of network devices CenterBeam can manage and adds deep network assessment, architecture and design capabilities to its broad service portfolio that includes PC management, hosted Microsoft® Exchange email, helpdesk support, and network and server management. The new capabilities now make it possible for CenterBeam to provide its customers with comprehensive services no matter where they are in their IT lifecycle.
“CenterBeam sought this strategic alliance to meet our customers’ need for comprehensive and deep network management and design services. Network Insight brings the right blend of people, technology, services as well as a customer focus that complements our services and corporate culture,” said Dr. Kevin Francis LLD, CEO, CenterBeam. 

“We’re very excited about becoming part of CenterBeam. This provides a unique opportunity to further extend our offerings to the North American marketplace and to offer our customers a more comprehensive suite of services,” said Chris Pond, CEO, Network Insight.  Chris will join CenterBeam as senior vice president, business development and consulting.

Services are immediately available as part of CenterBeam’s turnkey managed IT service portfolio or individually as a way to extend in-house IT resources. Network Insight was designated as a Cisco® Silver Partner that has achieved Customer Satisfaction Excellence and is certified as a Juniper® Elite Partner. These certifications extend the partnerships CenterBeam has secured: Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, Citrix® Certified Partner, VMware® Authorized Consultant (VAC), and VMware VIP Enterprise Partner.  For more information, visit

About Network Insight
Founded in 1998, San Diego-based Network Insight, LLC, is a leader in high-availability IP network infrastructure consulting, operations consulting and managed services for enterprise and service provider organizations. With a 10 year track record of successful IP networking projects, a 24/7/365 carrier-grade NOC and proprietary customer web portal for real-time status and reporting, its clients experience significant cost savings and increased revenue from streamlined designs and processes as well as new services for end users. For more information, please visit

About CenterBeam
CenterBeam is an award-winning managed IT services provider with a rich service portfolio including PC management, hosted Microsoft® Exchange email, helpdesk support, network and server management. Since CenterBeam’s inception, its focus has been providing mid-sized businesses with Fortune 500-class IT management and services for a fixed monthly fee. More than 140,000 daily services are delivered in an integrated software as a service (SaaS 3.0) architecture to clients with end users working in forty-five countries. CenterBeam offers predictable monthly pricing backed by a Total Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Al Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Operations at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, invest in startups, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

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