From Web Hosting to Web Conferencing

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Persony partners with Santa Barbara Web Hosting to roll out the first Web conferencing solution designed for Web hosting customers.

Persony today announced that Persony VShow, a cost-effective Web conferencing solution, is available through Santa Barbara Web Hosting (SBWH) as a subscription service starting at $14.95 a month for unlimited meetings. SBWH has been a leading Web hosting service provider in Santa Barbara since 1996. With the new offering, SBWH is expanding its service to the high-margin and high-growth Web collaboration business using their existing Web hosting services.

While some Web conferencing service providers charge hundreds of dollars per month for their services, Web hosting is a commodity service with very low margin. Persony developed the first Web conferencing solution designed to work with standard Web servers. With Persony, ISPs can offer high-margin services using their existing Web hosting services. Service providers do not need to install and operate costly proprietary server software. Customers now can purchase Web conferencing from their Web hosting service providers at a very low monthly fee.

Persony VShow is built on a patent-pending technology that turns real-time meeting events into dynamic Web pages that can be displayed by any Web browser. VShow runs on a meeting host’s desktop PC. Meeting attendees simply use a Web browser to attend a meeting and do not need to download any software. VShow supports a rich set of Web meeting features, including

  •      Desktop sharing
  •      PowerPoint® presentation
  •      Virtual whiteboard
  •      Multi-party chatting
  •      Real-time polling
  •      Audio webcast
  •      Record and playback
  •      Attendee registration and reporting

“Persony’s solution allows us to offer Web conferencing using our current Web hosting service,” says David Straede, owner and president of Santa Barbara Web Hosting. “We don’t even need to install any software on our servers. Persony software is very easy to use and we were able to start hosting online meetings in minutes! We look forward to offering this new service to our current and future customers.”

“Our mission is to make Web conferencing available to millions of small businesses,” says Eric Chen, CEO of Persony. “Web hosting service providers have been providing reliable, cost-effective, and high-quality services to small businesses for many years. Many of them have added Voice over IP, email marketing, e-commerce, and content management services. We believe Web conferencing is the next service they will offer in the near future.”

In addition to offering Persony VShow to their customers, Santa Barbara Web Hosting has created a turnkey VShow hosting package that includes ordering, customer account setup, fulfillment, hosting, and free audio conferencing. The turnkey hosting package can be private labeled and offered through any ISP. Customers can purchase Persony VShow subscription services from SBWH at http://www.sbwh.com/Persony.aspx.

ISPs can offer Persony VShow as a stand-alone service or as part of a Web hosting package. Persony works on a revenue sharing model and does not require an upfront fee. Private branding of Persony VShow is also available. For more information about Persony's partner program, please visit

http://www.persony.com/company/partner_programs.htm

About Persony, Inc.

Persony's mission is to bring enterprise level applications, such as online collaboration, to the masses by leveraging the ubiquity of Web servers and hosting service providers. Persony's patent-pending "smart-client" technology puts the intelligence of an enterprise application on the client side and uses standard Web servers to connect remote users. Persony's solution can be deployed anywhere and at a fraction of the cost of other solutions. The smart-client approach is a disruptive technology that allows individuals and small businesses to afford applications that were once only available to larger corporations. For more information about the company, visit http://www.persony.com.

About Santa Barbara Web Hosting, Inc. (SBWH)

Santa Barbara Web Hosting’s core purpose is providing high-security hosting of client data in a scalable environment that can accommodate the ever-changing security, regulatory and accessibility requirements of business. In addition to a wide range of personal and business hosting services, SBWH is strategically positioned to house enterprise disaster recovery solutions and managed hot sites in its California and Nevada data centers. Visit http://www.sbwh.com for further information.

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