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Reston, Virginia and Peabody, Massachusetts - (via THE HOSTING NEWS) - August 17, 2005 - XO Communications, Inc. and NEXL Network Systems have announced an alliance which will offer businesses managed hosting solutions, from the network through to the managed application level.

The two companies will offer solutions that leverage XO data centers and IP network infrastructure and NEXL's leadership in delivering complete managed infrastructure computing services. Under a multi-year agreement, XO and NEXL will co-market and sell each other's services through XO direct and indirect sales channels and NEXL's direct sales force.

Under the arrangement, NEXL becomes the provider of complex managed services to XO managed hosting customers, and XO becomes a preferred provider of data center and network services to NEXL customers. XO and NEXL will jointly deliver end-to-end managed hosting solutions leveraging XO data centers and Tier 1 OC-192 national IP network and NEXL's complete range of infrastructure computing services. The companies will offer these solutions to new customers that want to outsource the hosting and management of their web-based applications.

Customers will be hosted within secure and fully redundant XO data centers, which are directly connected to the XO IP network. NEXL will design, implement and manage the solutions, delivering a wide range of managed application, security, and storage services.

Barbara Branaman, Vice President and General Manager of XO Communications' Hosting Business Unit described the new realtionship, "By creating this alliance with NEXL Network Systems, XO can continue to offer businesses the latest in outsourced managed hosting solutions, from design and implementation to the day-to-day management of their applications and equipment. NEXL's leading managed offerings complement XO's data center and networking expertise, together allowing us to provide customers a single source solution for outsourcing their mission-critical applications."

"The new relationship between NEXL and XO Communications enables us to give customers a best of breed Managed Hosting experience, from analysis and design to ongoing support and management," said Dean Oliver, President and Chief Operating Officer of NEXL Network Systems. "This is an exciting alliance for both companies, as well as for the customer."

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Posted on Wednesday, August 17 @ 10:11:08 EDT by editor

Managed Web Hosting News #2

Madison, Wis., - (via THE HOSTING NEWS) - July 26, 2005 - Sonic Foundry Inc. a worldwide leader in automated rich media solutions, today announced a new strategic initiative to begin offering managed hosting, content management and delivery services coupled to its line of Mediasite(TM) Rich Media Recorders. The hosting services, the first part of the company's new services portfolio roll-out, will enable organizations to quickly and easily take advantage of the Mediasite rich media communications platform, without having to wade through the complexities associated with their IT or network infrastructure issues.

With their ''one-button'' recording design, Mediasite Rich Media Recorders are among the leading content capture appliances for customers looking for a simple yet powerful way to capture and deliver their enterprise communications, web-based education, online training, product marketing and related applications. Mediasite's automated workflow eliminates the complicated and time-consuming authoring or post-production requirements of competing products, and delivers the unmatched speed and versatility people have come to expect from Sonic Foundry technology.

''Sonic Foundry's new support offerings come in response to organizations who recognize the anytime/anywhere benefits of Mediasite's Web-based rich media communications, but simply do not want the hassle of dealing with internal infrastructure issues,'' said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. ''By eliminating all the complexities associated with setting up and managing internal servers, content storage, backup and distribution networks needed for live Webcasting and Web publishing, we're making it even easier to deploy and use a Mediasite recorder.''

As a complete, turnkey offering, these services will help organizations of all sizes get their rich media communications initiatives up and running quickly and effortlessly. It can serve as a hassle-free long-term solution, as well as a low-risk way to test drive rich media before bringing hosting requirements in-house. Indeed, in a 2004 study, Webcast Services Come of Age, research firm Interactive Media Strategies predicted that service providers will expand their role in helping to accelerate the enterprise-wide adoption of online multimedia.

''The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education deployed a Mediasite solution with Sonic Foundry's backend hosting earlier this year, enabling us to immediately conduct live, interactive rich media presentations to health care workers in areas of the world with limited resources,'' said Alexander Nason, project administrator of Johns Hopkins Medicine Interactive, and director, Johns Hopkins Office of Telemedicine. ''As a new Mediasite customer, the hosting service was critical in helping us get started fast and has proven extremely reliable for our mission here at Johns Hopkins.''

Sonic Foundry was founded in 1991 and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about Sonic Foundry, visit the company's web site at: