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Fusion Honored by NEC for Cloud Solution Innovation

NEW YORK, NY and IRVING, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 04/13/15 -- Fusion (NASDAQ: FSNN) announced today that NEC Corporation of America (NEC) has awarded the company with its 2014 Solutions Innovator Award. The award, recently presented for the first time at NEC's Express Partner Event, recognizes Fusion's innovative use of NEC's leading-edge hardware platform and services to engineer an integrated suite of advanced cloud computing, storage and business continuity solutions that facilitate the migration of business-critical applications to the Fusion cloud. The award recognizes the strategic importance of Fusion's contributions to advancing the two companies' long-term relationship.

The award-winning cloud solution, customized for major verticals such as healthcare and legal organizations, is designed to support key components of Fusion's distribution and marketing strategy. The integrated solution leverages Fusion's strategic partnerships with specialized vertical software providers to provide a secure and fully managed path to delivering their applications in the Fusion cloud.

Fusion's Software as a Service (SaaS) solution combines NEC's next-generation hardware platform and industry-leading ProgrammableFlow® Software-defined Networking (SDN) suite with Fusion's proprietary, high-availability cloud services platform, nationwide carrier-grade network and geographically diverse data centers. The SaaS solution, which also employs NEC's ExpressCluster® software, enables software providers to deliver a fully managed, cloud-based solution through an Op Ex pricing model financed by NEC Financial Services.

Fusion's verticalization strategy recognizes the importance of customizing its solutions to meet the specialized needs of key industries, particularly those facing rigorous compliance and regulatory requirements. Fusion's joint marketing arrangements with targeted software providers expands Fusion's solutions portfolio, allowing the company to offer specialized, high-value applications to its own customers, while also expanding the distribution of its cloud solutions to the software providers' existing and prospective customer base.

Matthew Rosen, Fusion's Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our mission is to help enterprises maximize their technology investments by providing secure cloud solutions with built-in business continuity. NEC Corporation of America's parent company, NEC Corporation, has more than 100,000 employees and annual revenues of approximately $30 billion, and has been delivering innovative technology solutions for more than 115 years. NEC's advanced technology and dedication to service excellence make it an ideal partner for us in delivering advanced and proven cloud solutions to our customers. We are confident that our strategic relationship, which contributes NEC's cutting edge services and equipment combined with flexible Op Ex financing, will help facilitate Fusion's emergence as the industry's single source for the cloud."

"Throughout our long history, NEC has been driven by our core values to deliver integrated solutions to benefit individuals and society and help them realize their full potential. We recognize Fusion's leadership in delivering advanced cloud solutions in the rapidly expanding cloud services industry, and believe that Fusion's SaaS solution is truly innovative, offering a new service paradigm for specialized applications providers and their customers," said Hide Senta, vice president, Enterprise Technologies-IT, NEC Corporation of America. "NEC is pleased to work with Fusion in providing an integrated solutions set that enables its partners and customers alike to benefit from the clear advantages of a cloud-based delivery model with predictable, pay-as-you go pricing. We are delighted to collaborate with such an innovative company as Fusion, and look forward to continuing to develop leading edge solutions designed to further our mutual customers' success."

Fusion Press Contact:
Angad Chera
(202) 201-2404
Angad.Chera@fusionconnect.com

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