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GoDaddy.Com Parent Wins Growth Award [25th June 03]

June 25, 2003 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Parsons Advanced Holdings, Inc., parent of domain registrar GoDaddy.com (godaddy.com), was recently presented with the Percent Growth Award at the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Private 100 ceremony.

Parsons Advanced Holdings received the award as the Arizona-based, privately held business with the largest percentage of revenue growth from 2001 to 2002.

“This award is a testament to not only our fast growth, but our steadfast commitment to straightforward, highly competitive pricing and superior, around-the-clock customer service,” said Bob Parsons, president and founder of GoDaddy.com.

In conjunction with the announcement, the company reported that the number of new, monthly domain registrations increased 48 percent from 105,800 to 156,500, from May 2002 to May 2003. During that time, total domains under registration grew 125 percent, from 1,067,682 to 2,396,135.

GoDaddy.com is an ICANN accredited domain registrar. Its parent company, Parsons Advanced Holdings, Inc. has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Interland, Google Team Up For Promotion [19th June 03]

June 19, 2003 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Interland (interland.com) announced yesterday that it has teamed up with Google (google.com) to launch a new program designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) increase their visibility online and better market their products and services.

Under the new program, Interland customers who sign up for the Business Solutions package will receive $50 worth of free Google Adwords advertising. In addition to the promotional offer, the package comes with Web hosting services, site-building tools and services, marketing solutions, e-mail, and 24/7 customer support.

Google Adwords is a pay-per-click advertising system that enables advertisers to create and place advertisements on Google search result pages. The ads appear when selected keywords are entered into the Google search engine and paid for on a per click basis.

"A business's Web site is only as good as the number of visitors it receives each day," said Don Bulens, senior vice president of Interland. "Interland is committed to helping our customers increase online visibility and stand out in a crowded marketplace. To further support our customers, Interland has teamed with Google to drive the most qualified traffic to their Web sites."

According to Interland, the impetus behind the new program was businesses expressing the need for marketing services that could help them increase their visiblity online.

"Interland is helping its SMB customers succeed online by providing access to a cost-effective results-driven marketing tool - Google AdWords," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, product management for Google. "By offering a free trial of Google AdWords in its Business Solutions package, Interland has made it easy for businesses to drive qualified leads to their Web sites."

Interland is an Atlanta-based Web hosting provider focused on the SME market. Google is a privately held company focused on search services.


Interland Completes Acquisition of Web Hosting Firm Hostcentric [16th June 03]

ATLANTA - a leading provider of Web hosting and online services for small and medium-sized businesses , today announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Hostcentric.

Business Wire via NewsEdge Corporation : ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 2003--Interland, Inc. (Nasdaq: INLD), a leading provider of Web hosting and online services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Hostcentric. In return for all the outstanding shares of the company, Hostcentric shareholders received $3 million in cash and approximately 13.5 million shares of Interland stock.

The acquisition of the Hostcentric organization should have an immediately positive financial impact, said Joel J. Kocher, Interland's chief executive officer. We are pleased to close the scale-driven acquisition chapter of Interland's strategy with the consummation of this attractive transaction, said Kocher.

As previously announced, the acquisition of Hostcentric will enhance Interland's scale and widen its lead in the small-business hosting market through the addition of tens of thousands of shared Web sites, hundreds of dedicated servers and more than 1,000 reseller channel partners. In addition, the combined customer base will benefit from the continued availability of Hostcentric services currently not offered by Interland.

Hostcentric customers, employees and shareholders should benefit from joining Interland given the company's industry leadership, strong financial position and future prospects. We look forward to contributing to Interland's success, said Greg McKown, Hostcentric's chief executive officer.

Interland's management plans to comment further on the positive financial impact of this transaction during its upcoming third-quarter fiscal year 2003 earnings announcement and analyst conference call.

About Interland

Interland, Inc. (Nasdaq: INLD) is the leading Web hosting and online services company dedicated to helping small and medium businesses achieve success by providing the knowledge, services and tools to build, manage and promote businesses online. Interland offers a wide selection of online services, including standardized Web hosting, e-commerce, application hosting, and Web site development, marketing and optimization tools. For more information about Interland, please visit http://www.interland.com.

About Hostcentric

Formed in 2000, Hostcentric is a provider of a broad range of Web hosting services to SME and enterprise customers. More information about Hostcentric can be found at http://www.hostcentric.com.

The foregoing contains forward-looking statements which are based on management's beliefs as well as on a number of management assumptions concerning future events and on information currently available to management. Such forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Interland's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Statements regarding the future financial results expected to result from an acquisition are dependent upon the accuracy of numerous assumptions and projections relating to transition and integration costs, customer churn and other factors, and no assurance can be given of the accuracy of such statements. For a more detailed description of factors that could cause a difference between forward-looking statements and actual results, please see Interland's registration statement on Form S-4 filed in connection with the Hostcentric transaction (SEC File no. 333-104612), as well as its most recent Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and Forms 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Interland disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Interland, Inc., Atlanta (Investor Relations) Fabrice Klein, 404/260-2537 mailto:fklein@interland.com or Edelman Worldwide (Public Relations) Marisa Puthoff, 404/262-3000, x6346 mailto:marisa.puthoff@edelman.com KEYWORD: GEORGIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: E-COMMERCE INTERNET SOFTWARE HARDWARE COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS MERGERS/ACQ SOURCE: Interland, Inc. Today's News On The Net - Business Wire's full file on the Internet with Hyperlinks to your home page. URL: http://www.businesswire.com




Sprint to Exit Web Hosting, Cut 500 Jobs
[13th June 03]

June 11, 2003 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Sprint (sprint.com) confirmed month-long rumors late Tuesday by announcing that it is exiting the Web hosting market. Shutting down the division, which saw $60 million in revenue for the year ending March 30, 2003, will result in 500 layoffs.

The company said it has implemented a migration plan that will see it transition current hosting customers to “preferred” third-party providers or strategic partners. Once the customer migration plan has been completed, Sprint will begin phasing out operations at eight Sprint E|Solutions Centers across the United States.

Sales of hosting, including managed hosting and colocation services will cease immediately.

According to the company, the decision to exit the hosting space “reflects an ongoing evaluation of the company's strategic direction by Sprint's new executive management team."

Sprint’s Web hosting business lost 10 cents a share on revenue of about $60 million over a 12-month period.

“Sprint’s priorities have clearly been articulated and include growing top-line revenue and protecting and improving the company’s bottom line,” said Howard Janzen, president of Sprint's Global Markets Group. “Those priorities require us constantly to monitor and review which areas make both economic and strategic sense to pursue on behalf of customers, investors and shareholders.”

Sprint is the fourth largest telecommunications company in the United States.


LA Names to Operate New .la Domain Extension [9th June 03]

June 9, 2003 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- The LA Names Corporation announced today it has assumed responsibility as the operator of the new Los Angeles Internet address, .la.

Los Angeles will be the first city in the world to have its own unique Internet address.

.la will offer the same functionality as a .com address and is officially sanctioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

"There is still a massive demand for good web addresses, and Los Angeles is probably the most Internet-savvy city on earth,” said Gavin Aldred, president of LA Names. “For businesses operating in LA, a .la address is much more relevant than a .com address because it tells a potential customer not just who you are but where you are, enabling them to find you, visit you, and buy from you.”

The official .la site has been opened for pre-registration with over 10,000 names having already been pre-registered.




RackShack Unveils cPanel, Ensim Pro Packages
[13th April 03]


Texas-based dedicated Web hosting firm RackShack (www.rackshack.net) said today it would introduce hosting packages supporting cPanel, a popular Web-based hosting control panel, over the next 10 days.

"We will deploy cPanel as an additional item," Robert Marsh, RackShack's CEO and 'Head Surfer', told The Web Host Industry Review.

Later, Marsh unveiled the company's plans to several hundred users logged in to an IRC chatroom hosted by RackShack. He also said the company would continue to offer Ensim's WEBppliance 3.1 product at the current pricing through the end of the year, and that Ensim WEBppliance Pro, released by Ensim last week, would be made available as well.

"I am trying to provide the widest array of available hardware and software for you to run your business at the best possible price based upon our costs," he told the audience, which peaked at more than 500 concurrent users during the announcement.

In conjunction with the announcement, RackShack will be introducing a $99 special on cPanel servers. "We believe that this will be the lowest cPanel price-point in the market," he said.

Aside from introducing cPanel, the company also plans to unveil a Windows server package in May and managed services later in the summer. "We're pretty excited," Marsh said. "We believe the combination of these three items will definitely place us at the forefront of the industry as a whole."

RackShack is the dedicated hosting arm of Everyones Internet, a Texas-based ISP. RackShack currently hosts approximately 12,000 servers.


IBM JAPAN, HP JAPAN TO CUT UNIX SERVER PRICES AGAIN [9th April 03]

TOKYO, April 9 Asia Pulse - In a move that is expected to force domestic computer makers to follow suit, IBM Japan Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd.
- Asia Pulse Businesswire


Asia Pulse Businesswire via NewsEdge Corporation : TOKYO, April 9 Asia Pulse - In a move that is expected to force domestic computer makers to follow suit, IBM Japan Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. plan to lower their prices on Unix servers this month.

Overseas firms led the way in Japan in cutting prices for commodity machines like personal computers and PC servers, and they are now doing the same for more advanced servers.

IBM Japan will reduce the prices for both its p630 and p650 series of Unix servers by an average 40-50 per cent. The price for its inexpensive p630 models will be cut in half to 2.61 million yen (US$21,780).

In models equipped with 1.45GHz central processing units, IBM Japan's products will cost more than 20 per cent less than those in the same class offered by Sun Microsystems Inc.

IBM Japan also began Tuesday lowering the prices on a total of 31 models of PC servers by up to 29 per cent. The series of price cuts is aimed at encouraging consumers to switch to its brand.

Hewlett-Packard Japan is also considering reducing the price of products like its rp4705 midsize server by about 20 per cent, as it has already done in the U.S. and Europe.

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