Host Europe Launches ‘Hexagon’ to Make Mobile Working a Reality for All Businesses - "A Solution to Suit IT Budgets of all Sizes"

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New email service aimed at businesses of all sizes that have remote workers but don't have huge IT budgets.

Host Europe, the pan European web hosting provider, today announces the launch of Hexagon Hosted Exchange which offers businesses of all sizes the ability to remotely manage Email at anytime using web enabled mobile devices. Hexagon combines the security of Host Europe’s own data centres with the stability of Microsoft Exchange and Windows Server 2003, to offer non office based staff a reliable and flexible outsourced Email service. Hexagon is available in a range of feature rich and cost effective packages that suit all sizes of business, from as little as £22 per month.

Hexagon offers businesses the option of outsourcing their entire Email management system. Not only does this allow internal IT staff to focus on core business activities but it provides businesses with access to the latest technology without expensive and time-consuming in-house upgrades. Service level guarantees and 24 hour technical support also ensure that this vital communication tool is always there when needed.

Abby Hardoon, Chief Executive Officer of Host Europe: “Hexagon is the perfect solution for those companies that rely heavily on Email and whose staff spend time out of the office. It allows staff to work more effectively and productively all of the time, wherever they are.”

Host Europe offers the Hexagon service through its own wholly owned data centres. As one of Europe’s largest providers of hosting solutions, it has the necessary IT infrastructure and technical support to offer businesses a completely secure and reliable service. Hexagon is built upon the strengths of Host Europe’s hosting ability that has seen it become the hosting partner of choice for companies including British Heart Foundation and Interflora.

Setting up and managing Hexagon on a day-to-day basis is easy. A user friendly web based control panel system, which can be branded in any corporate style, allows even the most non technical of staff to quickly create new mailboxes and organise their Email. New Email accounts can be created almost immediately, giving businesses and employees the flexibility of being up and running in less than an hour.

Users are able to make full use of Microsoft Outlook’s features, such as shared calendar, reminders, task list and public folders, from anywhere and at any time, using PCs, PDAs, WAP phones and other mobile devices. Hexagon does not require a Local Area Network (LAN) and can be optimised to work efficiently with slower internet connections. This provides individuals and smaller businesses with the same level of flexibility and control over their remote working systems as large corporations - but without the costly IT infrastructure or technical support.

Abby continues: “Businesses talk about supporting remote and flexible working but few companies actually do it. This is because most are daunted at the prospect of implementing and delivering the sophisticated IT infrastructure and the associated costs required to maintain a mobile workforce. Hexagon removes all these barriers.”

The Hexagon product range offers businesses complete flexibility in the provision of Email management services. All products come with fixed monthly costs which allows for more effective budgeting for business IT needs and can be purchased on a monthly or yearly basis.

The Hexagon product suite includes:

Hexagon SOHO Accounts – From £22 per month

Offers fully featured Outlook Web Access (OWA) including junk mail filtering, anti-virus and public folders along with 100mb of mail storage. Accounts are suitable for individuals or businesses looking for a maximum of 2 mailboxes

Hexagon Business Accounts – From £135 per month

Offers the full communications functionality expected of a business. Available in packages to support up to 10, 20, 50, 100, 250 and 500 users. Customised solutions can be provided above this level.

Hexagon Business Accounts: Dedicated – From £170 per month

Email applications are stored on a dedicated server. Ideal for those businesses with high volume Emails and which place a particular emphasis on security and reliability. The server can be upgraded to suit the changing needs of the organization.

All products include Outlook Web Access (OWA) – developed to give users the flexibility to access all the usual features of Outlook securely from anywhere via a web browser:

OWA features include:    

IMAP & POP – send and receive Email    

Task List

Public Folders

Reminders

Shared Address book

New Email notification

External/Internal Contacts

Spell checking

Junk Email filtering

Personalised Email Signatures

Calendar    

Mailbox filtering rules

Notes to Editors:

Host Europe PLC is quoted on the London Stock Exchange AIM market, and trades primarily under the following brands:

    'Dedicated Servers' (http://www.dedicated-servers.co.uk) - high-end dedicated servers on multiple platforms, managed services and server co-location;

    'Magic Moments' (http://www.magic-moments.com) - Virtual or shared web hosting services to the UK's SME market;

    'WebFusion' (http://www.webfusion.co.uk) - Virtual or shared web hosting services to the UK's SME market;

    '123-reg' (http://www.123-reg.co.uk) - low-cost domain name and Email services; and

    'Host Europe' (http://www.hosteurope.de) - Full range of Internet hosting services to the SME sector in Germany.

Host Europe is one of Europe's leading dedicated Internet hosting companies. It provides a comprehensive range of services including enterprise hosting, dedicated servers, virtual or shared server hosting, managed services, server co-location, domain name registration and a bespoke range of Eservices, to SME businesses in Germany and UK.

Its hosting solutions are all serviced from Host Europe's own state of the art data centre facilities located in London, Nottingham and Cologne (Germany). Each facility has multiple redundant connections to the Internet with 24x7 on-site technical support ensuring industry leading levels of reliability and quality of service. Corporate information can be seen at http://www.hosteurope.com.

For more Information, please contact:

Jim Hawker

Threepipe Communications

T: 0207 470 8830

E: jim@threepipe.co.uk

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