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New York, New York – (The Hosting News) – May 12, 2009 – Email, collaboration and productivity SaaS solutions firm, Intermedia.Net, has unveiled new solutions designed to provide on-premise Exchange deployments with higher security and availability.

Serguei Sofinski, CEO of Intermedia explained, ”Email is a critical part of doing business and for SMBs who are running in-house mail servers, there is a high risk of downtime The time during which a computer is not functioning due to hardware, operating system or application program failure. Intermedia’s new offerings are designed to address some of the biggest pain points that small businesses face today. Our goal is to provide solutions that enable users to continue their business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets without risking lost productivity.”

Also called ‘RAS’ (reliability, availability, serviceability) or ‘fault resilient,’ it refers to a multiprocessing system that can quickly recover from a failure. There may be a minute or two of downtime while one system switches over to another, but processing will continue.

The rapid adoption of hosted Microsoft Exchange is primarily driven by SMBs’ need for secure and reliable email at a lower cost. However, a large portion of SMBs are unwilling or unable to migrate to hosted Exchange at this time and continue to use their in-house Exchange servers. Intermedia’s new Business Continuity and SpamStopper solutions address the needs of this segment.

Intermedia’s Business Continuity solution is designed to provide the high availability of Intermedia’s hosted Exchange solution to on-premise Exchange servers by allowing SMBs to use Intermedia’s servers to access their email when their Exchange server goes down. Unlike other basic ‘dial-tone’ solutions, Intermedia’s offering is Exchange-based and allows for full access to user mailboxes – including 14 days of email history, calendar appointments, contacts and more. In the event of a server outage.

ContentSync, a proprietary tool built by Intermedia, synchronizes Intermedia’s Business Continuity Exchange servers with its customers’ on-premise Exchange servers, providing customers with always up-to-date access to their data in the event of an outage. The solution requires no hardware or software to install, configure or manage, making it possible for SMBs to have a normally cost-prohibitive high-availability solution at a much more affordable price.

The second part of Intermedia’s new solution set is SpamStopper, a hosted service that provides email filtering, antivirus, antispam and anti-phishing for small businesses that have their own on-premise mail server. SpamStopper detects ‘bad’ emails with a greater than 99 percent rate of accuracy, offers near-perfect spam E-mail that is not requested. Also known as ‘unsolicited commercial e-mail’ (UCE), ‘unsolicited bulk e-mail’ (UBE), ‘gray mail’ and just plain ‘junk mail,’ the term is both a noun (the e-mail message) and a verb (to send it). SpamStopper also includes Zero-Hour Virus Outbreak Detection to shield networks from new malware Software designed to destroy, aggravate and otherwise make life unhappy. See crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus and Trojan.

Most anti-spam software requires administrators to access flagged emails in an external folder to determine if it they are spam messages. Intermedia lets administrators avoid this time-consuming process by managing the entire process on the back-end from its world-class secure datacenter facilities. All flagged messages are sent to the users’ trash folders where they can choose to sort through them or ignore them on their own time.

Sara Radicati, CEO of the Radicati Group offered, ”Downtime, spam, viruses and phishing, is a scam to steal valuable information such as credit card and social security numbers, user IDs and passwords. Also known as brand spoofing, an official-looking e-mail is sent to potential victims pretending to be from their ISP, bank or retail establishment. Emails all take a toll on small businesses with huge cost implications. Comprehensive hosted solutions like Intermedia’s Business Continuity and SpamStopper offer a no upfront investment option for small businesses looking to protect their email infrastructure.”

Both of Intermedia’s new solutions are available immediately and are able to quickly and easily integrate with customers’ on-premise Exchange servers. Business continuity is available for $5 per user per month and SpamStopper is available for $50, a one-time fee for the first 50 users, plus 50 cents per user per month for each additional user.

In January, Intermedia released its Business Productivity Suite (BPS). BPS is the first hosted solution to include hosted Microsoft Exchange 2007, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS) and Microsoft Outlook 2007 as a bundled offering. The new solution helps businesses increase productivity and efficiency while allowing greater flexibility and lower risk, all for a lower price point than on-premise software or a la carte hosted services.
Intermedia.NET is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, providing a comprehensive package of the highest uptime, 24×7 support, and technical knowledge. In the hosting business since 1995 and hosting Microsoft Exchange since 2000, Intermedia.NET, offered the first Exchange hosting solution specifically for small and medium businesses with enterprise-strength technology for low monthly fees, with no up-front investment. Intermedia.NET is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, with 24×7 support. The company offers a variety of Exchange hosting and web hosting plans, from the smallest businesses with three users and upwards, to substantial mid-sized organizations.

For more information about Intermedia.NET, please visit: www.intermedia.net.

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