SBC Unveils Electronic-Business Initiative

BOSTON (07/24/2000) - SBC Communications Inc. announced an initiative on Monday aimed at enhancing electronic-business services, including Internet data centers, Web hosting, ASP (application service provider) functions and consulting.

The company will open its first data center on July 31 in Dallas and also has made a US$100 million investment in Inquest Inc., the parent company of WebHosting.com Inc., an ISP (Internet service provider) as part of the initiative. The Inquest investment will allow SBC to integrate hosting services with network security services, monitoring ability and electronic-commerce platforms, the company said at a news conference to announce the initiative.

"The initial focus is in Dallas, but we are looking globally." said Abha Devine, SBC's vice president for strategic planning, adding that with its new Web hosting capabilities, SBC expects to have customers in more than 140 countries.

The Internet data center will use Cisco Systems Inc.'s infrastructure and will enable SBC to provide server co-location services, which allow customers to place equipment on the provider's premises. The center will offer services aimed at enhancing security, as well as consulting and monitoring.

SBC also announced an alliance between Sterling Commerce Inc. and Commerce One Inc. to provide customers with a range of e-commerce expertise. SBC recently acquired Sterling. SBC also has agreements with Deloitte Consulting LLC and Proxicom Inc. to offer consulting services to SBC customers, the company said.

SBC, in San Antonio, Texas, can be reached at +1-210-821-4105 or http://www.sbc.com/.

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