AT&T Announces Hosted Network Services Platform

WASHINGTON (01/27/2000) - AT&T Corp. today announced a family of network services that the company said would give application service providers (ASPs) the ability to deliver high performing, reliable network-based applications.

Kathleen Earley, president of AT&T's data and Internet services group, said in her keynote address at Comnet today that AT&T is calling the program Ecosystem for ASPs, and that the concept involves hosted applications that will reside in AT&T's network. AT&T also introduced a content distribution service and enterprise information storage service as elements of the new platform.

Earley is scheduled to join officials of Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. at a news conference this morning to further explain the new network services platform, aimed at mid-size to large enterprises.

Earley said the network is the environment for business, and AT&T is targeting about 250 million of AT&T's current infrastructure investment to enable the ASP market to grow and flourish.

In her keynote address this morning Earley said that building better Web sites and better back office support are key to working in the new Internet-driven environment. Companies must build better "ecosystems that allow partners suppliers and customers to flourish along with you."

AT&T Corp., based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is at http://www.att.com/.

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