A Leading Windows Control Panel, HELM, Now Enables Hosting Providers To Offer Hosted Exchange Server

WebHost Automation and groupSPARK partnership allows Web hosting providers to offer hosted Microsoft Exchange Server as an additional service.

Bristol, UK and Burlington, Massachusetts, USA — July 23, 2007 – WebHost Automation Ltd, producer of a leading Windows Web hosting control panel Helm, has integrated its product with groupSPARK’s private label Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. As a result of this partnership, WebHost Automation’s customers can now sell hosted Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows SharePoint Services, Dynamics CRM and other mobile device services to their customers.

According to internal estimates, the growth for Hosted Microsoft Exchange Server represents more than $600 Million in new revenues for hosting providers. To tap into this demand, Web hosting providers are looking for ways to offer hosted Microsoft Exchange Server as an additional service. By integrating HELM with groupSPARK’s platform, WebHost Automation’s customers can now instantly provide their customers with access to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. No investment in infrastructure or personnel is required. Additionally, HELM Web hosting providers are able to significantly grow their revenue while providing their customers with anywhere, anytime access to their messaging and collaboration data.

“Ease of e-mail management and administration in a hosted environment are critical elements in today’s business climate,” said John Zanni, managing director of Worldwide Hosting for the Communications Sector at Microsoft Corp. “As a result, we are seeing a growing demand for hosted Microsoft Exchange Server in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) segment. The relationship between WebHost Automation, groupSPARK and Microsoft responds to this demand and offers best-in-class hosted solutions to all SMB customers.”

“Helm has not previously offered support for Microsoft Exchange Server, but it’s something our customers have requested for awhile,” said Mark Hall, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of WebHost Automation. “With this new integrated solution, we can now offer relevant Microsoft products that provide our customers with the additional services they need.”

“Our partnership with WebHost Automation enables us to provide a new set of SMB customers with anywhere, anytime access to their e-mail without the significant cost associated with implementing Microsoft Exchange Server in house,” said Ravi Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer of groupSPARK.

About WebHost Automation Ltd

WebHost Automation Limited is based in Bristol, United Kingdom, and has developed Helm, a true multi-server control panel software for Windows. Since start-up in 2002, WebHost Automation has grown steadily, and now has customers in well over 130 countries. The Helm community can be found online at http://forums.webhostautomation.com

About groupSPARK

Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA, groupSPARK, www.groupspark.com, is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and leading provider of hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 and Dynamics CRM. The company offers its partners – including VARS, resellers and hosting companies – reliable access to enterprise-class messaging and collaboration solutions. Leveraging groupSPARK’s Web-based private label application delivery (PLAD) platform, partners can configure hosted Microsoft Exchange Server and related services under their own domain and brand – allowing them to more efficiently serve their customers. groupSPARK offers a 100 percent uptime SLA, live 24x7x365 technical support and proactive hardware and software monitoring capabilities.

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Contact Information:

Mark Hall
WebHost Automation Ltd.
+44 (0) 1173250056
[email protected]

Lisa Masiello
781-273-6245 x.652
[email protected]

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