ST. LOUIS, MO, September 27, 2004 — SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS), a leading global IT utility, today announced it was awarded a competitive contract to provide Intelligent HostingSM services to OEConnection LLC, a major provider of online supply chain and parts procurement solutions to the automotive industry.
A joint venture between DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and ProQuest, OEConnection serves 11,000 automotive dealerships and collision repair facilities nationwide with Web-based ecommerce solutions to identify, locate and move original equipment repair parts more efficiently throughout the supply chain.
The OEConnection service will now be hosted via SAVVIS’ advanced Intelligent HostingSM Area Network, which enables businesses to have a dedicated server and private network, without the high costs typically associated with this type of solution.
By coupling its managed hosting and managed IP VPN services, SAVVIS is delivering a virtualized managed hosting service that integrates private networking capabilities, managed server platforms and IT operations services into a complete Intelligent Hosting solution. The result is a reduction in the complexities of the IT infrastructure, improved reliability, and reduced costs when compared with traditional hosting models.
“Among the key reasons we selected SAVVIS for managed hosting services was their ability to provide industry-leading service level agreements, while lowering our overall expenditures,” said Chuck Rotuno, President and CEO of OEConnection. “In addition, 100% of our product line is web-based, which, by its very nature, dictates the need for rapid and continuous deployments. SAVVIS’ architecture allows us the flexibility we need to meet the timely and demanding information needs of our marketplace.”
“Winning the OEConnection contract is another example of the value that customers are seeing in SAVVIS’ Intelligent Hosting services,” said Jack Finlayson, SAVVIS President and Chief Operating Officer. “As OEConnection’s business expands, its application goals and challenges will also expand. As that happens, SAVVIS will be in place to supply them with all of the high-end, redundant infrastructure and managed services support they require, but at a price point that meets their budget.”
About OEConnection LLC
OEConnection serves over 11,000 franchised auto dealerships and collision repair facilities with technology solutions that improve efficiencies, increase customer satisfaction and drive original equipment replacement parts sales. OEConnection is headquartered in Richfield, Ohio and is a venture created by DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and ProQuest Company. For more information, call 1.888.776.5792, ext. 1875, or visit www.OEConnection.com.
SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global IT utility services provider that leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines the use of virtualization technology, a utility services model, and automated software management and provisioning systems. SAVVIS solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT infrastructure. With an IT services platform that extends to 45 countries, SAVVIS is one of the worlds’ largest providers of IP computing services. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: .
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from SAVVIS’ expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in SAVVIS’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 24, 2004, and all subsequent filings. SAVVIS assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.
Carter B. Cromley