Unisys, Clear form ASP alliance

AUCKLAND (07/03/2000) - Unisys Corp.'s New Zealand subsidiary and local telecommunications company Clear Communications have joined forces to offer a fully-operational ASP (application service provider) program.

Unisys says the market-ready service is complete with infrastructure, applications, extensive application and network partners, a comprehensive Web site, customer care center and customers. It will use Clear's fiber-optic network as the preferred method of delivery from Unisys data centers in Auckland and Wellington.

The service has been trialed with five customers.The business software available covers financial, customer and business management, e-knowledge tools and e-commerce.

Users will also have free access to the UBD Insight New Zealand Business Database when they become Unisys customers.

Unisys will offer four levels of service.

-- Unisys ASP Direct, offering applications in basic form with end-user configuration and standard levels of service support.

-- Unisys ASP Solutions, with customized offering, training integration to existing systems and specific service-level agreements.

-- Infrahost, offering rental of the Unisys ASP network to other ASP providers.

-- E-@creditate, offering testing and development facilities to software vendors and developers, giving an accreditation service for applications before deployment via an ASP service.

Unisys Asia-Pacific general manager of ASP services, Sean McDonald, says these services are an affordable option aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.

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