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Issue Date: March 2005

Internet Solutions provides affordable hosting options for SMEs

1 March 2005

Converged communications service provider, Internet Solutions (IS), now provides SMEs with dedicated hosting services at a fraction of the costs associated with the capital outlay and cost of ownership of having their own high-end servers. The Slimline Solution includes a rented entry-level server with the standard Microsoft operating system bundled in.
It is suitable for SMME-type customers who do not want to purchase hardware outright and who still need a high-power server that does not have to scale indefinitely. Monitoring and standard support are included by highly qualified engineers.
Sean Nourse, newly appointed general manager of the Hosting Division at IS says the Slimline solution has been well received by smaller virtual ISPs, value added resellers who offer hosting to their customers, and small to medium companies who require dedicated hardware to operate efficiently.
"The capital outlay for a top-end, high-power server is considerable, as is the cost of staff required to maintain it," says Nourse. "We have long given customers the ability to have a shared hosting service or even have their own server hosted by us. Slimline is a bundled deal that is extremely affordable, always has the current MS operating system, and the server is fully maintained and supported within one of IS' four Internet Data Centres (IDCs), located in Rosebank, Bryanston, Cape Town and the recently launched Umhlanga IDC.
"Since its launch it has proved very popular with customers, especially those delivering a VISP service either internally or externally, The server is 'theirs' and they have full access and can load whatever they like on it. It is like a leased car - theirs without any hassles," he says.
For less than R2500,00 per month, the customer gets:
* 250 MB Bandwidth threshold per month.

* IDC space.

* Ping Port Protocol Monitoring.

* Standard support.

* Slimline server (P4 2,8 GHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 1x36 GB HDD).

* Windows Standard OS and IIS software rental.
Fully upgradeable to other hosting solutions, the Slimline Solution is an excellent entry level solution. Current customers include AccTech Systems, Legal Aid Board, Rhema Ministries, Dexdata and Council for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration.
For more information contact Kate Michalaro, Internet Solutions, 011 575 1000.

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