Hosting.com Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Hosting.com further distinguishes itself by earning a Microsoft Competency in Microsoft Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and Networking Infrastructure Solutions.

We're pleased to be one of only a handful of pure play managed hosting providers who have achieved Microsoft Gold Certified status. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers

Hosting.com today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Microsoft Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and Networking Infrastructure Solutions, recognizing Hosting.com’s expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Hosting.com has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Hosting.com offers a suite of managed web hosting solutions around colocation, dedicated, Virtual Private Server (VPS), and Messaging products and services. The company is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. and operates data centers in Louisville, Irvine, Ca., and Boston, Ma.

“We're pleased to be one of only a handful of pure play managed hosting providers who have achieved Microsoft Gold Certified status. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers,” said Darren King, President and CEO of Hosting.com. “The benefits provided through our Gold Certified status will ensure that we are not only providing infrastructure capacity to our customers, but a thorough working knowledge of the Microsoft products used in managing, monitoring and supporting the web-based data assets of our customer base.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “Today, Microsoft recognizes Hosting.com as a new Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Status, Hosting.com had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency is designed for partners with proven expertise in designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions such as Active Directory®-based and Microsoft Integration Server design and deployment solutions, or Microsoft Exchange Server migration or deployment solutions. Because customers are increasingly asking to do more with less, partners with the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency can identify their unique skill in helping customers access management solutions, improving operational efficiency and reducing security risks.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their competency in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 or Windows® 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.

“Our industry partners allow us to deliver high-quality solutions and applications to our customers. And we’re always looking at ways to improve our relationships,” said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the Server Platform Division at Microsoft. “Solutions Competencies enable Microsoft to provide resources and training to partners seeking to meet, and even surpass, customer needs. The competencies also provide industry partners with a way to showcase their expertise to customers who depend on them for services, such as building their critical infrastructure needs such as storage and hosting solutions.”

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners’ businesses be successful.

About Hosting.com

Since 1996, HOSTING.com, the First Name in Hosting, has provided award-winning managed hosting services to a global customer base demanding a high level of security, reliability and responsiveness. Hosting.com provides Microsoft Hosting, Linux Hosting, MacroMedia Hosting and Application Hosting, including Microsoft Exchange Hosting. Known for its personalized and proactive approach to service, Hosting.com employs teams of industry experts who monitor, maintain and enhance the web-based data interests of small, medium and enterprise businesses. Hosting.com is the first source for all web hosting needs: from standard configurations to highly customized solutions built with the help of an expansive network of trusted affiliates and technology partners. For more information, please visit http://www.hosting.com.

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