ASP Spacedisk Lands in Asia-Pacific

SINGAPORE (01/27/2000) - Start-up company Spacedisk Pte. Ltd. will roll out a distributed applications platform (DAP) to a potential market of more than 4.9 million Internet users through partnerships with ISPs (Internet service providers) in Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, the company announced today.

The company will act as an ASP (application service provider) with its core application being Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarPortal office productivity suite software. Other offerings include Internet-based file storage, unified messaging, media albums and other business and consumer applications, according to SpaceDisk.

The DAP architecture will enable ISPs to offer a range of rental applications to end users at much higher speeds than typical dial-up Internet access, the company said.

Users will access their applications and files either through SpaceDisk's Web site or through Space Explorer, which appears under Windows Explorer as an extra network drive.

Spacedisk has agreements and memorandums of understanding in place with the largest ISPs in the four roll-out countries -- SingNet Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, South Korea's Dacom Corp., Thailand's Internet Knowledge Service Center Co.

Ltd., and VADS Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Bhd., the company said.

Partnerships with ISPs in Japan, Hong Kong and China will be announced in the coming weeks, the company said in the statement. Rollouts of Spacedisk will begin in North America and Europe in the second quarter of 2000, to be followed by South America in the third quarter.

Spacedisk, in San Jose, California, can be contacted at +1-603-624-6608 or found online at

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