DENVER, October 10, 2000 Qwest today announced commercial availability of Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 at the Microsoft Exchange Collaboration Solutions Conference 2000. Based on the Microsoft Exchange 2000 platform officially released today, Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 combines Qwest's world-class hosting capabilities with enhanced features to offer customers a cost-effective, highly efficient service for messaging and collaboration.
Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 offers numerous value-added services, including unified messaging, instant messaging and enhanced collaboration capabilities. Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 enables companies to easily and cost effectively provide their employees with Microsoft Exchange e-mail and advanced messaging applications in a secure hosted environment. The end-to-end services include server software and hardware, advanced hosting in Qwest's state-of the-art CyberCenterssm and monitoring and maintenance by Qwest's Microsoft-certified engineers.
"The messaging and collaboration industry is undergoing a transition from internal IT-based applications to outsourced, more versatile sets of technologies," said Rick Weston, senior vice president of Qwest Internet solutions. "Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 provides our customers with messaging and collaboration enhancements that enable rich functionality while lowering total ownership costs."
Qwest was one of the first providers to offer Exchange 2000 in a hosted environment, offering select customers a solution based on an earlier release since June. Rhodes Furniture is one of the first customers to take advantage of Qwest's Managed Exchange 2000 environment, which has significantly reduced the company's management and administration burden.
"As a growing company, we were looking for a scalable messaging solution that would allow our employees to communicate better and increase their productivity," said Robert Hunnicutt, project leader for systems and networking at Rhodes Furniture. "With Qwest Managed Exchange 2000, we obtained a professional, feature-rich messaging and collaboration service for a fraction of the cost of an in-house solution. Now, our IT staff has more time to focus on other projects."
"Customers are turning to Qwest to provide a depth of knowledge and expertise in implementing and managing the messaging and collaboration infrastructure that would be extremely difficult to match in-house," added Stan Sorensen, group product manager of Server Applications at Microsoft.
Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 includes the following features:
- individual and group scheduling
- contact management
- task management
- alias capabilities
- virus scanning
- remote administration tool
- public folders
- discussion groups
- access control
- "SPAM" control
- Outlook Web Access
Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 is available for a one-time setup fee starting at $15 for installation and configuration and a monthly fee that starts at $25. Additional services include 40Mbytes of storage, with additional storage increments of 10Mbtyes and a dedicated, managed VPN (Virtual Private Network) service.
For more information on Qwest Managed Exchange 2000, please call 1-800-RIDE-QWEST.
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