HERNDON, VA -- June 2, 2003 – SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS), a leading global managed IP and managed hosting services provider, today announced that Fine Hotels Corp., a U.S.-based hotel management company, has selected SAVVIS to provide managed IP VPN service to its 13 independently-owned hotels, as well as its Massachusetts-based corporate headquarters.
Fine Hotels properties operate under well-known marques such as Comfort Inn, Four Points Sheraton, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn that are known for consistent quality, comfort and customer satisfaction.
“We chose SAVVIS over our incumbent carrier because they offered the network scalability, reliability, and performance we needed,” said Michael Attenborough, Manager of Information Systems at Fine Hotels Corp. “With SAVVIS, we will be able to converge corporate and guest Internet services onto one, simplified, managed network.”
The SAVVIS network will link hotels in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. It will support a broad range of applications aimed at increasing customer satisfaction and company profitability, including Sales and Catering, Time and Attendance, Inventory Management, and Payroll/Accounting.
“Fine Hotels actively pursues methods of providing world-class applications within a modest budget, and SAVVIS will be a valuable partner in this area,” Attenborough said. “In addition to supporting our corporate traffic, the SAVVIS solution provides scalability and end-to-end management of our WAN, while simultaneously delivering high speed Internet access for our guests.”
“Leading hospitality companies, like Fine Hotels are looking to decrease the amount of time and money they spend on their telecommunications networks, while also meeting increased guest demands for services such as broadband Internet access,” said Jack Finlayson, SAVVIS president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to helping other hotel chains manage their networks with an eye on improving guest services.”
About Fine Hotels Corp.
Fine Hotels Corp. is a hotel management company in Wellesley, Mass., that manages 13 independently owned hotels in convenient locations from Maine to Florida. More than 2,000 dedicated hotel professionals staff these locations in five states. The hotels operate under some well-known marques: Comfort Inn, Four Points Sheraton, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn. Fine Hotels adds value to the brands by exceeding the industry standards, often by a substantial margin, by providing guests with a hotel experience that is second to none. Part of the Fine Hotels management philosophy is that a well treated hotel staff translates into well-treated guests, so we pay considerable attention to assisting hotels with training, assessment and promotion policies. It is a team effort.
SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a leading managed services provider that delivers IP VPNs (virtual private networks), hosting, and application services to businesses. SAVVIS solutions are designed for industries with demanding information technology requirements including legal, media, retail, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services.
Known as The Network that Powers Wall StreetSM, SAVVIS was ranked #3 in IP VPN market share by IDC in its 2003 report, trailing only AT&T and WorldCom, and its network reliability was declared "perfect" in Network World magazine's groundbreaking study of backbone performance. SAVVIS recently won the first ever American Business Awards “Stevie”TM in the category of “Best Customer Service Organization.” SAVVIS' managed hosting services were awarded the Service Provider Excellence Award by Boardwatch magazine for its virtualized approach to managed hosting, and the Market Engineering Award from Frost & Sullivan for product differentiation and innovation.
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Carter B. Cromley