Microsoft Showcases New Opportunities for Internet Service Providers At ISPCON

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28, 1998 — At ISPCON Fall 98, Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate advanced Web hosting and Internet services for ISPs that help create new opportunities and expand existing opportunities for this fast-growing industry. With the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server operating system 4.0, which includes Internet Information Server, and the Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.0 (MCIS), ISPs can now offer value-added solutions such as electronic commerce, business application hosting, and streaming multimedia for commercial Web sites and enterprise customers. Customer interest is high, as reflected by a recent study by ZD Market Intelligence showing that 54 percent of Web servers are now running on Windows NT Server.

New Business Opportunities for ISPs

The Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.0 is the only comprehensive solution for Internet service providers for offering advanced Web hosting, electronic commerce, community and managed network services. Built on Windows NT Server 4.0, with integrated Web, application and streaming media services, MCIS enables ISPs to quickly offer their customers a wider range of solutions with lower development and administration costs. Broad industry support for the Windows® operating system platform enables easier integration of Web applications with a customer’s existing infrastructure. In addition, Microsoft provides the Microsoft Certified Solution Providers program to help ISPs build their Microsoft-based services business with sales and technical events, lead referrals and early access to new products.

“We are excited by the rapid adoption of Windows NT Server by Internet service providers,”
said Mike Nash, director of marketing for Windows NT Server at Microsoft.
“By working together with ISPs to meet the needs of commercial Internet sites and enterprise customers, we are bringing the Windows phenomena to new industries and creating tremendous new business opportunities.”

“Only Windows NT Server with Internet Information Server offers us a complete platform with advanced services and broad support for applications,”
said Mark Guagliardo, chief technology officer at NetConcept Inc.
“Teaming with Microsoft and building our hosting business on Windows NT Server gives us the ability to differentiate our products and offer our customers high value e-commerce, streaming media and application services.”

Internet service providers offering high value-added Web hosting services with
Windows NT Server include Bell Atlantic, BellSouth Corp., Blue Mountain Internet, British Telecommunications PLC, Caspers Net, CCI Industries, Comcast Corp., CompuServe Inc., Data Return, DeltaNet, Digex Inc., Digital Foundry Inc., Global Dialog Internet, GTE Internetworking, KPN Telecom, MCI Telecommunications Inc., MR Net, NetConcepts Inc., Northwest Nexus, PSI Net, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., Time Warner Cable, USWeb Corp., UUNET Technologies Inc., Verio Inc., and WorldWide Internet Publishing.

Platform for the Internet

Windows NT Server with Internet Information Server has become a leading platform for deploying Web server and Web applications. According to ZD Market Intelligence, a provider of fact-based information on computer and communications industry trends, in its September survey of the Web server industry, Windows NT Server is used for 54 percent of Web servers, emerging as the leading operating system for Web servers. The ZD Market Intelligence study is confirmed by a Microsoft-sponsored tracking survey of Web site adoption that found 57 percent of self-hosted COM Internet sites use Windows NT Server as their primary operating system, compared to only 28 percent on all versions of UNIX combined. The study also found that Windows NT Server has also made significant gains in Web hosting and consulting firms where 48 percent now use it as their primary operating system.

“To address business-critical Web and ISP requirements, customers demand reliability and scalability,”
said Tony Iams, senior analyst at D. H. Brown Associates Inc.
“We consider Windows NT Server to provide a solid ISP foundation, offering effective high availability (HA) options and a proven, commercial-grade support infrastructure.”

Microsoft at ISPCON

The Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0 will be featured in booth 835 at ISPCON. In addition to viewing demonstrations in the Microsoft booth, ISPs can learn more about these and other solutions by attending breakout sessions. Sessions include a Windows NT 5.0 preview, Remote Management in a Windows NT Server-Based Data Center, Building and Deploying Virtual Private Networks, and Hosting Applications on Windows NT Server and MCIS 2.0. For times and location, please visit the ISPCON Web site at . Additional information on Windows NT Server can be found at and on MCIS 2.0 at .

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