AT&T Unveils Web Hosting

To cash in on the Web hosting craze and get more use of its sprawling data center build-out, AT&T on Tuesday unfurled its Business Ready Dedicated Hosting service.

The new service is touted as a way for new-breed carriers, ISPs, and Web developers to provision for themselves managed hosting services, using the Web to place the order.

"This will allow a new customer set to offer their own branded services without a lot of up-front investment," said Joe Rabito, director of AT&T's Business Ready Dedicated Hosting Service.

The new bundled hosting offer is another way AT&T will make use of the huge investment it is pumping into building a string of new data centers. The $2 billion effort will put 44 data centers in 16 countries.

The carrier announced in January that it would use the centers to step into the burgeoning ASP space by offering a platform ASPs (application service providers) can use to offer services.

"This announcement is a ready-to-go hosting solution that AT&T says can be configured in less than 30 minutes. So they are really jumping on the demand for quick time to market solutions," said Melaine Posey, an analyst at Framingham, Massachussets.-based International Data Corp.

Specifically, AT&T, in Basking Ridge, N.J., said it can have available in half an hour a "ready-to-go Web server" stationed in AT&T's data centers.

Based on a customer's parameters such as necessary bandwidth and number of IP addresses, the service comes in four levels of services.

All of those levels contain browser-controlled e-commerce applications and e-mail administration, an e-commerce-catalog creation tool, and bundled Internet payment package.

Services are priced from $US295 to $US795 per month.

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