Qwest extends Web hosting services

Qwest Communications International yesterday unveiled Web enterprise hosting services that include performance management and...

Qwest Communications International yesterday unveiled Web enterprise hosting services that include performance management and data storage.

Announced at the NetWorld+Interop show, the initiative will add services to the existing portfolio of hosting and managed services offered over Qwest's broadband Internet communications network, the company said.

One analyst said the initiative is following a trend among communications carriers to offer enterprises more than voice services.

"There is movement among companies [like Qwest] from being carriers' carriers to working closely with enterprise customers," said Daryl Schoolar, an analyst with Cahners In-Stat Group.

"And storage as a service is definitely getting hot these days. It makes sense that a communications carrier would offer it," he said.

"Managed hosting services seems to be a real sweet spot as well, with Sprint, Cable & Wireless, and others looking to be in this area," he added.

Sprint and Cable & Wireless have also announced managed hosting service initiatives at the N+I conference.

Qwest Storage Services will allow enterprises to create, scale, and protect data generated from their e-business systems, the company said in a statement. Qwest is deploying the service with Hitachi Data Systems and EMC. Data storage solutions will be customisable and can be used with any of Qwest's dedicated hosting offerings.

Storage services include managed online disc storage, managed tape and non-disruptive backup services, and offsite archiving and restore service. The services will be billed on a flexible pay-per-use basis and delivered through a SAN (storage area network).

Qwest also unveiled Performance Managed Hosting, a Web hosting service for customers with complex Web sites that require a robust architecture that includes dedicated equipment support. The service includes CPU load monitoring, bandwidth utilisation, and disc space utilisation.

Qwest already has in place several hosting offerings. They include basic hosting services for businesses that want to perform much of their own system management and complex support services for large enterprises seeking tailored services.

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