ASP Qwest Cyber.Solutions rolls out messaging services

Responding to customer demands for messaging services, Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC Tuesday announced it is now offering Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes as part of its portfolio of hosted enterprise applications.

The messaging products had been available through Qwest's Internet Services Unit, but QCS Chief Executive Officer John Charters says moving messaging into the applications service provider's domain just made sense. That way, customers can get managed messaging capabilities either as a stand-alone service or as part of an integrated package of services. Hosted software available from QCS includes packages from Ariba Inc., Captura Inc., Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft Inc., SAP AG and Siebel Systems Inc.

The messaging services are built on QCS' scalable application hosting platform and hosted by QCS in Qwest CyberCenter facilities. The service is delivered over the Qwest global broadband network.

Analysts say the transition is smart because it capitalizes on QCS' experience in hosting applications and allows Qwest to focus on its core business. QCS adds 30 new messaging customers to its roster with the move.

"Going forward, QCS and Qwest will continue to evaluate strategies to maximize effectiveness for the business," the ASP said in a statement.

The messaging services are available immediately and priced according to number of seats and system requirements.

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