8-27-13 8:30 AM EDT | Email Article

KELOWNA, British Columbia and OTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Building on its highly reliable infrastructure and ICT services, RackForce Networks has partnered with Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) to offer cloud-based communications and collaboration services to address the unique requirements of private business and public sector organizations in Canada. Powered by Mitel, the new offering enables RackForce to extend a wide range of communications services to its own customer base via the cloud and also offer a white label cloud solution to resellers and service providers to brand and market as their own.

RackForce is the largest VMWare Service Provider Partner (VSPP) in Canada and is already working with several resellers to white label the communications solution. The RackForce Mitel cloud-based communications service is available September 1, 2013.

With strategically located data centers across Canada and a resilient high capacity 10Gbps private IP network, RackForce provides secure hybrid cloud services, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). By teaming with Mitel, RackForce brings enterprise-class, cloud-based unified communications services to Canadian businesses, from 25 to 65,000 or more employees.

"We researched a number of unified communications products before we selected Mitel's MiCollab and MiVoice Business platforms, fully leveraging the virtualization advantages for cloud solutions. No other product compares in feature set or is so ideally suited to our massively scalable VMware cloud infrastructure. MiCollab and MiVoice Business support up to 250 end users on a single VMware vApp, plus the solution will allow us to host large enterprise companies that have 65,000 or more end users with no change in the management systems or software code. That is a great value proposition for growing companies or public sector organizations that need advanced communication capabilities and the ability to grow or shrink communication services on demand," said Tim Dufour, President and CEO, RackForce Networks.

Mitel and VMWare were the first companies to provide real-time applications in a virtual environment, pioneering cloud-based unified communications. As a result, cloud-enabled partners such as RackForce can take full advantage of Mitel's mature MiCloud solution and its flexible path to the cloud with private, public and hybrid options.

"RackForce is poised to greatly accelerate cloud-based communications and collaboration services in Canada both through an offering to its own customer base and by leveraging its data center resources to help other service providers deliver their own white-labeled solution. Powered by Mitel, these services can drive innovation, create new efficiencies and boost productivity," said Ron Wellard, EVP and GM, Mitel Communications Solutions.

For more information visit www.rackforce.com/uc

About Mitel

Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) is a global provider of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) software, solutions and services that enable organizations to conduct business anywhere, over any medium with the device of their choice. Through a single cloud-ready software stream, Mitel's Freedom architecture provides customers in over 100 countries the flexibility and simplicity needed to support today's dynamic work environment. For more information visit www.mitel.com.

About RackForce Networks Inc.

RackForce is Canada's leading provider of VMware-based Hybrid Cloud and Hosting Services from its strategically located facilities in Kelowna, Calgary, Barrie and Toronto, Canada. Through its superior datacenters, automated systems, virtualization expertise and highly skilled team, RackForce provides advanced cloud computing, storage, colocation network and communication services to a worldwide customer base. For more information visit www.rackforce.com.

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CONTACT: Amy MacLeod (media),
         613-592-2122 x71245, amy_macleod@mitel.com
         Malcolm Brown (industry analysts),
         613-592-2122 x71246, malcolm_brown@mitel.com
         Cynthia Hiponia (investor relations),
         613-592-2122 x71997, investorrelations@mitel.com
         
         RackForce Contact Information:
         Brian Fry, 250-512-1297, brianfry@rackforce.com

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