Hosting Industry Daily Briefing for 03/15/2006

Here’s your hosting industry briefing for 03/15/2006

Prospero Blogging Tool Catching On

Prospero, a provider of content management solutions announced today that their blogging tool has caught on in a big way, citing that Homes and Gardens, Consumer Reports, the Ladies Home Journal and several other high profile clients have begun using their hosted Prospero Blog application.

Also on the table today for Prospero was the announcement of their new service, TalkBack, which allows users to create a link between their blog and a discussion forum. Blog owners can then discuss their posts with their visitors through the application.

“Blogging has become a marketing tool for organizations to help foster communications with customers,” says Rusty Williams, Prospero’s VP of marketing. “Our TalkBack feature opens up the flow of consumer conversation and provides authentic customer dialog that can be distributed across an organization’s Web site to encourage site visitors to become site participants.”

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Entrust Reveals Advantage SSL

Entrust, a provider of SSL certificates, rolled out their new Advantage SSL Certificate today. The new certificate will provide site owners with the ability for unlimited reissue during the validity period of the certificate. This certificate will offer up to 256-bit encryption.

“There have been several high profile incidents where SSL certificates were given to companies when they should not have been,” says Entrust CTO Chris Voice. “For us, the verification process is so important, and it really is the heart of making sure that yellow lock on a Web site really means the user’s session is secure and that the site actually belongs to the company it’s supposed to.”

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UltraDNS Rolls Out New Managed Internal DNS Services

UltraDNS announced today that they are now providing Managed Internal DNS Service with integrated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for enterprises. This new service will allow scaling without sacrificing performance or security levels.

“The acceleration in adoption of advanced, IP-based communication services has significantly increased the critical nature and complexity of our customers’ internal DNS/DHCP infrastructures,” said Ben Petro, President and CEO, UltraDNS. “As the recognized leader in providing mission critical, managed DNS services, addressing these challenges is a very natural extension of both our technology and business expertise.”

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Ensim Launches VoIP Support Platform

Ensim, a hosted IP and application services company, announced today that they have integrated VoIP support for their service delivery platform, Ensim Unify.

William Stofega, a Senior Analyst for VoIP Services at IDC commented, ‘’The service provider business models of the past, driven by one dominant service, have fundamentally changed. Today, capturing and retaining customers is all about convergence and time to market with new services. Margins and profits are driven by delivering many services to a given customer and doing so requires a robust service delivery platform like Ensim Unify, built from the ground up to support multiple services.’’

Sandip Gupta, President and CEO of Ensim added, ‘’There is no question that VoIP is hot, but what makes it compelling is the ability for service providers to quickly bundle and combine VoIP with additional applications and services. Feedback from our Unify customers with our acquisition of TeleGea was clear, they wanted a common service delivery platform for all of their hosted IP and application services, and that is what we are announcing today and showcasing this week at VON.’’

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