Agiliti Enters Hosted E-Commerce Arena

Application service provider aggregator Agiliti Inc. this week is adding hosted e-commerce applications, designed to allow midsize businesses to quickly set up Web storefronts, to its portfolio.

ASP aggregators collect applications from a variety of software providers and ASPs and give customers access to the applications through one portal.

Agiliti's e-commerce offerings include three services - contact management software from Vignette, storefront software from Intershop and real-time, syndicated news feeds from InfoSpace. Users can buy just one of the applications, or combine all three.

Feisal Mosleh, Agiliti's vice president of marketing says the e-commerce services will appeal to two main customer types.

"One is for the customer who wants an e-commerce solution, but doesn't want to wait to implement it," he says. "The other is for customers who are hosting their own solutions now, but no longer want the headaches associated with doing your own hosting."

Mosleh says Agiliti can have the e-commerce offerings running within a week in some cases.

Agiliti is hosting the e-commerce services on Solaris-equipped servers at its two data centers. The company will be adding data center partners and a Windows NT server option later, Mosleh says.

The standard service-level agreement for the services will provide for 99.99 percent uptime. But Mosleh notes customers can get better uptime guarantees at an added cost through disaster recovery and redundancy options.

The Vignette application will cost from US$15,000 to $40,000 per month. The Intershop service will list between $15,000 and $20,000 per month and the InfoSpace service will cost anywhere from $250 per month to $7,000 per month, depending on how much syndicated content a business wants to display on its site.


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