Microsoft Exchange White Papers from Hosted Exchange Provider
Simply Mail Solutions gains another important client for its email hosting services.
Warrington Tuesday August 28th 2007. Simply Mail Solutions have announced that they have received a prestigious email hosting contract from JCT600 - one of the UK’s largest privately owned independent Motor Groups today representing 42 franchise outlets operating across the North of England with an annual turnover in excess of ?600 million.
Commented Colin Smith SMS Managing Director ?We are very pleased to have been chosen by JCT600 to host their email and feel that this is a measure of the progress we have made in the last twelve months in building our credibility through quality of service and reliability?
The initial implementation is for 300 MS Exchange email boxes on a dedicated server located at SMS?s high quality installation at Telecity in Manchester. This supports MS Outlook email to desktops and to smartphones used by JCT600. An interesting aspect about this implementation is that JCT600 had a requirement for shared administration. SMS developed a solution allowing JCT secure administration access for the aspects over which they required control, whilst removing the installation, configuration, backup and ongoing system administration burdens. This provided JCT with the best of both worlds.
Commented Nigel Shaw, Finance Director ?It was clear that it was much more economic to outsource our Exchange email that to try and run in house with all the hassle that involved. SMS have been very responsive in meeting our needs as the migration and installation has occurred. We have also added the ability to automatically include disclaimers with all our emails which will ensure that we meet all the current legal requirements for information on emails.?
JCT600 remains a proud family firm with a long and illustrious history in the motor industry. JCT600 is now the official centre for many leading volume manufacturers; for prestige names such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz; for sporting legends Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati and Lotus; and for world famous marques Aston Martin and Bentley. Current Chief Executive, John Tordoff is grandson of Edward Tordoff who founded the enterprise back in 1946 and son of Jack Tordoff who ran the company for over 44 highly successful years until he moved to the role of Chairman in 2002.
Simply Mail Solutions
SMS is based in Warrington UK and already has many thousands of customer email accounts from all over the word running on its servers. It offers a comprehensive range of email solutions plus web hosting.
www.simplymailsolutions.com or email [email protected]
“The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy – the entrepreneurial part,” said Inc. 5,000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The expansion of the list has allowed us to tell the stories of larger companies, older companies, and a wealth of companies in industries like Manufacturing and Construction that are underreported in the business media.
LightEdge Solutions, a managed services provider delivering technology solutions to the upper Midwest, clearly reflects the entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and innovation that Inc. pays homage to in its annual award. The company has established itself as an alert, first-to-market player in the Networking, Information Technology and Voice-over-IP segments and is uniquely positioned for substantial growth as companies react to market pressures by adopting remotely hosted and managed voice, IT and business continuity solutions.
“Visibility to market drivers and the ability to quickly and decisively act on the needs of the SMB have been the key to our current success,” said Jim Masterson, CEO and Chairman of LightEdge Solutions. “Our ranking in the Inc. 5,000 is a testament to a clear management vision, diligent execution by our staff and a strong understanding of managed services and technological out-tasking by our clients.”
In 2005, LightEdge was named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc. Masterson was named a regional finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2006.
About the Inc. 5,000
Complete information on this year’s Inc. 5,000, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The list features a profile for each company, almost all of them written as a result of Inc. interviews with management. In addition, the list is searchable according to numerous criteria, including industry, city, state, region, and year founded.
Hottest Regions for Fastest-Growing Companies
Leading the list of the fastest-growing companies in the nation is the Midwest region with 1,046 of the fastest-growing companies, followed by the West with 884 companies. The Southeast comes in a close third, with 872 companies, followed by the Northeast with 782 companies, and the Mid-Atlantic region with 606 companies.
Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses
IT Services and Business Services ranked as the third and fourth fastest-growing business categories on the 2007 Inc. 5,000 list by number of companies, while the Computer & Electronics segment was third largest in total revenue ($12.7 billion).
The 2007 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003, and $2 million in 2006.
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About LightEdge Solutions
LightEdge Solutions empowers businesses to be productive, mobile and effective with managed voice and data services delivered through a multi-homed, Cisco Powered Network data center environment. By out-tasking voice, data and IT services, small and medium-sized businesses are able to realize unparalleled scalability and reliability with a lower total cost of ownership and reduced administration. LightEdge Solutions® is a registered trademark of LightEdge Solutions, Inc. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.
Raises Equity from Goldman Sachs, Bessemer Venture Partners and the Stripes Group
MILFORD, CT - August 23, 2007 – On the heels of the announcement of a $50 million dollar financing by Goldman Sachs two weeks ago, Perimeter eSecurity, the leading provider of Complete Security On Demand, announced today a business combination with USA.NET, the leading provider of secure eMessaging services. The company also announced that as a follow-up to their initial investment Goldman Sachs provided equity financing along with Bessemer Ventures and the Stripes Group.
“For many years businesses needed huge IT departments to assess, integrate, and continually monitor security appliances, but network and email hygiene can no longer be a luxury exclusive to the largest corporations,” said David Cowan, managing partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, who will take up a position on Perimeter’s Board.
So, Bessemer resolved to partner with the most business-friendly, state-of-the-art security and hosted business eMessaging companies that can deliver a soup-to-nuts service.”
David Cowan has a strong track record in successful IT security funding. In addition to Postini - another security software-as-a-service (SaaS) company – that was recently purchased by Google for $625 million, he was also involved in the funding of Cyota, Counterpane, Lifelock and VeriSign, which he co-founded.
A leading SaaS company, USA.NET offers a fully integrated suite of secure hosted messaging services including its Hosted Microsoft® Exchange and Commercial Messaging Solution (CMS) platforms and suite of enhanced services including Anti-Virus/Anti-Spam, Content Filtering, Encrypted Email, Email Archiving, Unified Messaging and Mobility solutions.
“We are excited to be a sponsor of Perimeter’s acquisition of USA.NET,” said Kenneth A. Fox, Founder and President of Stripes Group, LLC. “The combined product offerings provide customers with the highest quality and most complete enterprise security and email solutions on the market. Perimeter’s acquisition of USA.NET further solidifies Perimeter as the best choice for enterprise customers seeking complete security and email solutions.”
Brad Miller, CEO of Perimeter eSecurity, said “USA.NET will add over 1,300 clients to our existing customer base of 4,000, nearly half of which are in the financial services industry. Together, we now offer an incomparable suite of hosted security services that will help take Perimeter to the next level and ensure our market leadership.”
Clients can plug into Perimeter’s pre-integrated security platform to access 50+ managed security services On-Demand — instantly. Offerings include Vulnerability Defense, Intrusion Defense, Network Defense, Email Defense, System Defense, and User Defense. The Company markets its products through channel partners, a direct sales force and a growing base of network service providers. Perimeter’s revenues have grown 575% between 2001 and 2006.
“We are very pleased to be combining USA.NET with Perimeter eSecurity the industry leader in on demand security,” said David Ramon, President and CEO, USA.NET. “Perimeter shares our same commitment to operational excellence, customer service, security, and compliance. Security services have rapidly become one of the most sought after offerings from our clients and this merger will dramatically enhance the depth and breadth of security and compliance services that we can offer our valued clients.”
“As a result of USA.NET’s leading position in the messaging services market, there will be no operating changes for them as a result of this transaction,” said Miller. “We are committed to growing this business and to leverage their previous success.”
About Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, it is one of the oldest and largest investment banking firms. The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.
About Bessemer Venture Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners is a global investment group with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai. As the oldest venture capital practice in the United States, Bessemer has partnered as an active, hands-on investor in Ciena, Ingersoll Rand, Parametric, Skype, Staples, VeriSign and W.R. Grace and over 100 other companies that have gone public. To learn more, visit www.bvp.com.
About Stripes Group
Stripes Group provides profitable entrepreneurial companies with a catalyst to meet their long term operating goals. As an active partner, Stripes Group supports its portfolio companies with growth capital, access to Fortune 1000 customers, executive talent recruitment and the ability to tap the operating experience of its principals, while also providing liquidity to selling shareholders. Stripes Group seeks to make minority and growth buy-out investments that require $10 million to $100 million of equity per transaction. Stripes Group executes a targeted investment strategy in Technology, Branded Consumer Product, Financial Service and Healthcare Service companies. Please visit www.stripesgroup.com for additional information.
Cited as the “Top Player” for the hosted business email market for 2006 by The Radicati Group, Inc., USA.NET, The Global Secure eMessaging Service Provider®, is the only hosting provider that is SAS 70 Type II Audited, Microsoft Gold Certified, a member of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for Exchange 2007/E14, and winner of the 2006 Microsoft Excellence Award for Exchange Hosting Solutions. USA.NET eMessaging solutions are modular and infinitely scalable to ensure customers can grow their business without having to invest additional resources, time or capital into their mission-critical messaging infrastructure. More information about USA.NET, visit www.usa.net.
About Perimeter eSecurity
As the only provider of complete security on demand, Perimeter eSecurity makes security easily available and affordable for all businesses. Perimeter’s on demand security services protect thousands of computer networks nationwide, offering more than 50 different services on a subscription basis in the areas of: Vulnerability Defense, Intrusion Defense, Network Defense, Email Defense, System Defense, and User Defense. With the proliferation of security threats and technologies, clients benefit from a single-source provider that offers all services through one pre-integrated platform and web portal.
Perimeter’s security SaaS services are continuously expanded, enhanced and upgraded for current and future regulatory compliance. With seven geographically distributed technical offices and three redundant data centers, Perimeter’s complete, on-demand and affordable security services are always available and have been validated by multiple independent third parties. For more information about Perimeter visit www.perimeterusa.com.
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Q2 2007 Highlights - 7th Consecutive Record Quarter - Record SMB Bookings Drive Improvement in ALL Key Performance Indicators
Herndon, Virginia and Oslo, Norway - August 15, 2007
Apptix continued its strong growth trend with improvement in Recurring Revenue, Top-line Revenue, Gross Margin, Net Seats, Revenue Retention, and Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). In addition, the WebMessenger acquisition added Mobile Instant Messaging and Presence Management technology to Apptix’s portfolio of on-demand business communications solutions, further extending the company’s robust portfolio of solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Recurring revenue grew by 12% over the first quarter of 2007 to $8.74 million in the second quarter of 2007 and top-line revenue grew by 9% to $9.04 million in the same period. The growth in recurring revenue in the second quarter over the first quarter of 2007 reflects continued strong bookings across each of the Company’s divisions - ASP-One, MailStreet, Mi8 and SharePointSite. Recurring revenue grew $4.78 million, or 121%, and top-line revenue grew by $4.9 million, or 118%, over the second quarter of 2006 as a result of both strong organic growth across the Company’s divisions during the period and the consolidation of Mi8, Inc. and WebMessenger, Inc., which were acquired in September 2006 and April 2007 respectively.
EBITDA in the second quarter of 2007 was a loss of $0.31 million compared to a loss of $0.12 million in the first quarter. The Company’s net loss in the second quarter of 2007 was $1.74 million compared to a loss in the first quarter of $1.49 million. The reduction in EBITDA and increase in net loss relate to increased operating expenses, as explained below, offset in part by increased gross margin attributable to the growth in recurring revenue. EBITDA improved by $0.65 million or 68% from a loss of $0.96 million in Q2 2006 primarily as a result of increased revenues during the same period.
On a pro forma basis, EBITDA in the second quarter of 2007 was a positive $0.22 million (excluding WebMessenger and the operating lease expenses discussed above) compared to a loss of $0.12 million in the first quarter.
Operating expenses increased $0.96 million, or 13%, to $8.3 million in the second quarter compared to $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2007. The increase in operating expenses relate primarily to the consolidation of the operating costs of WebMessenger, which the Company acquired on April 30, 2007, and an operating lease related to equipment purchases in conjunction with the development and deployment of its Exchange 2007 platform. The Company plans to consolidate its Exchange operations on this platform beginning in the fourth quarter of 2007. Operating expenses increased $3.2 million, or 73%, in the second quarter compared to $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2006 primarily as a result both organic growth during the period and growth attributable to the consolidation of Mi8, Inc. and WebMessenger, Inc., which were acquired in September 2006 and April 2007 respectively.
Cash used in the second quarter was $0.70 million, net of the WebMessenger acquisition and related financing discussed below and proceeds from equipment financing. The Company closed the second quarter with $6.1 million in cash.
* WebMessenger Acquisition and Related Financing - The Company completed the acquisition of WebMessenger, Inc., a technology leader in Mobile Instant Messaging and Presence Management, for $7 million on April 30, 2007. In conjunction with the acquisition, the Company raised approximately $9 million through a private placement to fund the first payment of the purchase price and ongoing operations.
* Net Growth in Seats - The Company’s history of bookings growth across its divisions of MailStreet, ASP-One and Mi8 continued in the second quarter, resulting in a net increase in provisioned seats of 8% compared to 4% in the first quarter, and an increase in monthly recurring revenue of 12% compared to 7% in the first quarter.
* Initial Success with VoIP Services - In late March, the Company introduced Apptix Voice, a new Hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution, to provide customers with reliable, affordable and feature-rich IP telephony services. Offered through its MailStreet division, the Company has experienced a strong level of initial success as demonstrated by the addition of 23 customers of Apptix Voice in the second quarter.
* SharePointSite - SharePointSite set a record for new and upgraded site bookings in Q2 with 764 sites, an increase of 44% over the first quarter.
The Financial Information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 - Interim Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The group quarterly accounts have been prepared in accordance with the same principles as the annual financial statements (IFRS).
Financial statements may be reviewed in their entirety at http://investor.sharepoint.apptix.net/default.aspx
FREMONT, CA, August 13, 2007—Actelis Networks®, the leading global supplier of Carrier Ethernet over Copper™ solutions, today announced that LightEdge Solutions®, Inc., a leading provider of fully-managed voice, data and network services in the Midwest and Southwest, has deployed Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) from Actelis’ ML 600 product line, as well as ML 100 and ML 1300 transport and aggregation switches, to better serve the growing bandwidth needs of its small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers. By utilizing these products as a cost-effective alternative to slower T1 lines, business subscribers can connect quickly to the LightEdge IP network via symmetrical Ethernet access connections for high-speed Internet access, VoIP, remote managed backup and security services, as well as retrieve applications and data on servers within LightEdge’s data center.
LightEdge Solutions targets SMBs ranging from 25-250 employees. For this market, cost-effectively delivering emerging broadband services over the access network is key to their success, according to Kris Harris, vice president of operations at LightEdge Solutions.
“With T1 lines delivering only 1.5 Mbps, we would have to either add line cards to the router or change routers completely to upgrade the bandwidth service of a customer,” commented Harris. “The Actelis solution is efficient because we can leverage the same equipment for all service levels. This provides our customers the ability to quickly upgrade their bandwidth as much as tenfold without the need for additional equipment or the time necessary to process changes. When customers need more than a bonded 2xT1 line or have foreseeable scalability needs, the Actelis option makes a lot of sense.”
LightEdge Solutions leverages the economies of scale from their enterprise-grade network investments to carve out pieces (scale-on-demand services) for other businesses. Rather than building their own data center, buying and managing a premises-based IP PBX or investing in an IBM Blade Center and SAN (Storage Area Network), business customers can use LightEdge’s network and facilities for a predictable monthly fee.
“Small and medium-sized businesses win with this model because technology obsolescence is not a factor, upfront costs are minimal and, ultimately, the network platform is managed by a professional engineering staff,” said Wade Brower, director of sales at LightEdge. “Suddenly, small businesses are running on the same high reliability equipment as a Fortune 100 company, but they just aren’t paying the same upfront price tag.”
LightEdge currently has 28 customer installations based on Actelis’ award-winning carrier Ethernet solutions. For the past year, Community Health Care (CHC), located in Davenport, Iowa, has been using the Actelis carrier Ethernet solution to connect its three locations in Davenport with facilities in Rock Island and Moline, Ill.
In April CHC deployed LightEdge’s Hosted PBX VoIP service, delivered over their Actelis connection. The new telephony system connects all five CHC locations, with data traffic aggregated back to the main data center in Davenport. Ron Gillis, network administrator for CHC, says the determining factor to deploying this new telephony system was threefold: no upfront costs, no new hardware to purchase and the hardware was future-proof.
“Our phone system was outdated and in need of replacement,” explained Gillis, “so we were looking for a new cost-effective system that would leverage our existing network and assets. LightEdge, along with the combined Actelis Ethernet over copper solution, provided us with a hosted PBX VoIP system that is flexible, allowing me to quickly add more locations in the future while providing the necessary bandwidth needed to deliver high-speed Internet services and other hosted applications.”
“LightEdge’s ongoing commitment is to provide scalable, cost-effective network and IT solutions to businesses like Community Health Care,” added Brower. “We see a bright future enabling SMB customers to cost-effectively out-task their voice, data and network needs to a highly managed environment. We believe this provides our valued customers with a competitive advantage in their respective markets and, most importantly, the ability to quickly scale systems as their business grows.”
In June Actelis Networks published, “Carrier Ethernet Solutions Guide,” which discusses how carriers can deliver advanced carrier Ethernet-IP services to health care facilities like Community Health Care. Free copies are available by visiting www.Actelis.com.
About LightEdge Solutions
LightEdge Solutions®, Inc. is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with additional offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Moline, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Omaha, Nebraska. LightEdge Solutions empowers businesses to be more productive, mobile and effective with managed voice and data services delivered through a multi-homed, Cisco Powered Network data center environment. By out-tasking voice, data and IT services, small and medium sized businesses are able to realize unparalleled scalability and reliability with a lower total cost of ownership and reduced administration. LightEdge Solutions® is a registered trademark of LightEdge Solutions, Inc. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.
About Actelis Networks
Actelis Networks® is the global leader of Carrier Ethernet over Copper™ solutions. The company’s award-winning products combine innovative EFMplus™ copper transmission technology with a complete set of standards-based Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities that extend the reach of Ethernet services over the existing voice grade copper network. Actelis’ EFMplus technology employs advanced digital signal processing techniques and link level dynamic spectral management (DSM) to create reliable, high-performance Ethernet that are 100% complementary to the legacy services already deployed in the copper network. Actelis’ Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities are certified compliant with Metro Ethernet Forum MEF 9 and MEF 14 specifications. As the industry leader, Actelis’ solutions are deployed in more than 30 countries, on five continents, around the world. Actelis Networks is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Actelis Networks and the Actelis Networks logo are registered trademarks and Carrier Ethernet over Copper and EFMplus are trademarks of Actelis Networks, Inc. One or more U.S. and foreign patents pending cover the product described above. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. For more information, visit www.actelis.com.
Abridean’s partnership with RIM gives service provider the provisioning edge
HALIFAX, NS - August 8, 2007 – Abridean Inc. (www.abridean.com), leaders in the development of hosted application and provisioning solutions, announced today that top-rated USA.NET®, The Global eMessaging Service Provider® has deployed abridean’s Provisor for BlackBerry® Enterprise Server solution to manage thousands of USA.NET Hosted BlackBerry users.
AbrideanProvisor is an application provisioning and management platform that enables service providers like USA.NET to automate and simplify the maintenance of hosted enterprise applications. USA.NET has been using ProvisorSP for their Hosted Exchange services since 2001.
“Our service providers have been seeing a steady increase in demand for both Hosted Microsoft® Exchange and BlackBerry services - USA.NET’s success is well deserved,” said Peter Bidgood, Product Manager with abridean.
“Our partnership with Research In Motion further highlights abridean’s commitment to developing innovative solutions for enterprises and hosted service providers that help them boost efficiency, improve security, and meet regulatory compliance standards.”
Abridean has been a member of the BlackBerry Alliance Program since 2004.
USA.NET FOUND CLEAR RATIONALE FOR DEPLOYMENT OF ABRIDEAN PROVISOR
“Customer demand and our success with Hosted BlackBerry prompted us to make our provisioning process even more efficient,” said Steve O’Brien, USA.NET Senior Director of Services Development. “With abrideanProvisor we can now manage BlackBerry smartphones using the same web interface that our service desk and customer administrators use for provisioning their Hosted Exchange accounts.
“This is significant for us and for abridean because of the ever-wider use of BlackBerry devices for mission critical functions that can benefit from hosted services.”
COMPANIES MOVE TO HOSTED EMAIL AND BLACKBERRY FOR MANY REASONS
Analysts have attributed the rapid move by many industries to Hosted Exchange and BlackBerry services such as those provided by USA.NET to:
* A very high level of reliability (for example, guaranteed 99.9 percent reliability with USA.NET)
* The ability to work anywhere in real time with BlackBerry Enterprise Server
* Instant access to an employee’s Exchange information from a smartphone without ever connecting to a PC
* Increased responsiveness to customers and colleagues with a gain of up to 60 minutes of productive time each day
* High touch service and certified specialists giving continuous support 24×7x365 including customer support, USA.NET manned NOC and Exchange Engineers
* Software upgrades and patches included in a hosting contract
An increasing number of companies have found that this crucial combination of hosted email and BlackBerry services permits much greater concentration on their core business, while cutting down on the time and resources required to run an email system and give remote and mobile employees better communication capabilities.
About USA.NET, Inc.
Cited as the Top Player in the Hosted Email Market for 2006 by The Radicati Group, Inc., USA.NET, The Global eMessaging Service Provider®, is the only hosting provider that is SAS 70 Type II Audited, Microsoft Gold Certified, a member of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for Exchange 2007, and winner of the 2006 Microsoft Excellence Award for Exchange Hosting Solutions. USA.NET eMessaging solutions are modular and infinitely scalable to ensure customers can grow their business without having to invest additional resources, time or capital into their mission-critical messaging infrastructure. More information can be found at www.usa.net or by calling 1.800.653.0179.
About abridean Inc.
Abridean Inc. has developed the leading application provisioning and management platform, abrideanProvisor. Provisor simplifies and automates application provisioning and management for the Service Providers. It allows them to drive to tremendous operational efficiencies through reduced costs, increased revenue and rapid delivery of services to customers. Provisor is an XML-based platform that can be easily integrated with other infrastructure software allowing the Service Provider to get to market faster and easier with a complete solution to meet their customer needs. Provisor can also be easily and rapidly customized to meet specific requirements within the SP data center environment.
Abridean’s customers span multiple industries including financial services, hospitality and service providers, including USA.NET, COLT Telecom and others. For more information, visit www.abridean.com or call 1.877.520.4277.
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