Originally Published: Tuesday, 5 October 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: Press Releases/PR NewsWire Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Concentric Network Selects Cobalt Networks Server Appliances

Concentric Offers ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux With Cobalt RaQTM 2 Server Appliances

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentric Network Corp. (Nasdaq: CNCX), a leading provider of e-business solutions for small- and medium-sized companies, today unveiled -- ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux -- a new dedicated hosting solution utilizing Cobalt RaQ(TM) 2 server appliances from Cobalt Networks, Inc. Cobalt RaQ 2 server appliances will be managed in Concentric's state-of-the-art, telco-grade data centers. The ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux solution, delivers performance and flexibility, with a Web-based user interface for easy site management. Complete with file system backup and extensive bandwidth and Web site reporting, this hosting service is ideal for small-to medium-sized businesses and Internet-centric companies.

Running on Cobalt's RaQ 2 server appliances, ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux allows companies to outsource their Web hosting needs and focus on their core capabilities. As part of the service, Concentric provides the server hardware, operating system, monthly data transfer, Tier 1 network and data center facilities, expert 24 x 7 server and network monitoring, reporting capabilities and ongoing Web server maintenance and management.

"Working with Concentric to deliver dedicated Web hosting solutions is an ideal partnership between two companies that identify the importance of reliable, affordable, and scalable solutions," said Stephen DeWitt, president and CEO of Cobalt Networks, Inc. "Concentric is perceived as one of the world's leading providers of Internet business solutions. ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux is sure to expand Concentric's offerings and services helping them further differentiate themselves in the market."

The Cobalt RaQ 2 is a rack mountable server appliance optimized for businesses who require flexible, easy-to-manage Internet services and Web hosting solutions. Pre-configured with the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, Sendmail, and FrontPage server extensions, Cobalt RaQ 2 server appliances provide the core Web publishing, email, and file transfer services, upon which users can build their solutions.

"When Concentric evaluated the Cobalt RaQ 2, we immediately recognized the value proposition we could bring to our customers," said Henry R. Nothhaft, chairman, president and CEO of Concentric Network. "ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux is yet another addition to our arsenal of Web hosting solutions. We were able to leverage Cobalt's RaQ 2 server appliances and combine the technology with Concentric's premier data centers and server maintenance, and management expertise, to deliver a quality, scalable Linux-based hosting solution."

Concentric's redundant hosting center environment and high-performance, nationwide ATM backbone ensures performance and reliability. ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux solutions provide a dependable, high-performance hosting environment for dedicated servers including, generous amounts of monthly data transfer and scalable bandwidth options, switched Ethernet connectivity, multiple IP addresses, unlimited POP3 e-mail accounts, DNS registration, file system backup, and on-site 24-hour server and network monitoring.

"Our Web hosting services are flexible and scalable, and designed for growing small- and medium-sized businesses," said Connie DeWitt, vice president of marketing for Concentric's network applications services division. "Now we are able to deliver a new class of dedicated server, that is both cost-effective and very easy-to-use, allowing small- and medium-sized companies to fully leverage the power of the Internet."

Price and Availability

ConcentricHost Managed Server Linux is available now. Pricing starts at $225 per month with a $225 set-up fee, providing 250 Mhz CPU, 10 MB monthly data transfer and varying levels of systems backup services and reporting capabilities.

About Cobalt Networks

Cobalt Networks, Inc. is a leading developer of server appliances that enable organizations to establish an online presence easily, cost effectively, and reliably. Cobalt's product lines -- the Cobalt Qube, Cobalt Cache, Cobalt RaQ, and Cobalt NASRaQ -- are widely used as Internet and Web hosting server appliances at businesses, Internet Service Providers, and educational institutions. Cobalt's solutions are delivered through a global network of distributors, value-added resellers and ISPs. Founded in 1996, Cobalt Networks, Inc. ( http://www.cobaltnet.com ) is located in Mountain View, California-the heart of Silicon Valley -- with international offices in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

About Concentric Network Corporation

Concentric Network Corporation provides complete, easy-to-use Internet business solutions for small- to medium-sized companies and customized Virtual Private Network and data center services for larger organizations. Concentric's portfolio of services for small- to medium-sized companies includes high-speed DSL access, Web hosting and e-commerce. For larger enterprises, the company offers dedicated Web hosting and data center services. Concentric is the first application infrastructure provider, offering a suite of infrastructure services that enable application service providers to deliver applications and Web-based services over the Internet or a VPN.

Concentric's VPN solutions enable an organization to securely and reliably communicate with its offices, mobile sales force, business partners, vendors and customers. Concentric's services rely on a high-performance, ATM-based network that covers North America, and through various partnerships, reaches internationally. Concentric also operates state-of-the-art hosting centers at strategic locations across the U.S. All Concentric services are backed by 24 hour/7 days a week customer support, and many are backed by strong service level agreements.

The company has received Most Innovative ISP two-years in a row from Inter@ctive Week, and recently received two Well-Connected Awards from Network Computing for Most Innovative Service Provider of the Year and for Best Enterprise Internet Service Provider for ConcentricHost(TM). Deloitte & Touche recently ranked Concentric the 6th fastest growing technology company in Silicon Valley, as part of their Fast 50 Program. The company consistently receives top ratings by Inverse Network Technology, an independent research firm that grades the performance of network service providers each month. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "CNCX," Concentric Network is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with operations offices in Southern California, Chicago, Il., St. Louis, Mo., and Saginaw, Mich., along with sales and channel support across the U.S. For more information, access the company's Web site at http://www.concentric.net or contact Public Relations at publicrelations@concentric.com.

Concentric has reached an agreement to acquire Internet Technology Group plc (AIM: ITH.L), a leading provider of Internet access and hosting for businesses in the UK. The acquisition is subject to Internet Technology Group shareholder, court and regulatory approvals and is currently expected to close in the fourth quarter of 1999.

This press release contains forward looking statements regarding Concentric's proposed acquisition of Internet Technology Group plc (ITG), and the potential benefits to be realized by the combined groups, including but not limited to expansion of Internet services into Europe, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including the requirement for Internet Technology Group stockholder, court and regulatory approval, and the ability of the combined groups to successfully integrate and expand their service offerings.

NOTE: Concentric Network Corporation and the Concentric logo are registered trademarks. Cobalt Networks, Cobalt Qube, Cobalt Cache, Cobalt RaQ and Cobalt NASRaQ are trademarks of Cobalt Networks, Inc. All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Concentric Network Corp.

/CONTACT: Jenna Dee of Concentric Network Corp., 408-817-2297, or jdee@concentric.com; or Renee Reyes of Cobalt Networks, 650-623-2625, or renee@cobaltnet.com; or Sylvia Young, 650-356-5200, syoung@wmc.com, or Roxanne Verduzco, 510-723-6221, rverduzco@wmc.com, both of Wilson McHenry Company, for Concentric Network Corp./

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