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SiteSmith Opens in France, Germany, Netherlands

[London, ENGLAND] California-based Web site implementer SiteSmith, Inc. announced Wednesday the second phase of its European expansion, opening full service operations in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

SiteSmith, soon to be part of Metromedia Fiber Network if the deal gets regulatory approval, is one of the world's most prominent site developers. It provides a total service, including all the technology and services for security, 24x7 monitoring, network redundancy and backup.

With over 460 employees and fifteen offices worldwide, SiteSmith has a list of customers that includes About.com, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Brooks Brothers and BP Amoco.

Wednesday's announcement also gave the names of five people appointed to top European jobs. Managing directors of their respective country operations are Robert Chidiac (France), Dr. Robert Philipp (Germany), Pim Berger (Netherlands) and John Dowbiggin (United Kingdom). Gerrit van Munster has also been appointed as vice president of human resources for SiteSmith Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"Their deep knowledge of their respective local markets combined with their ability to grow high tech businesses will help SiteSmith rapidly expand its European business," commented David Winn, president of SiteSmith EMEA.

John Dowbiggin, the new managing director of SiteSmith U.K., was formerly with Cable & Wireless Ltd. where he was vice president of the Internet Protocol solutions division. He has also held positions with Internet Network Services and TeleWest Communications.

Dr. Robert Philipp, heading up SiteSmith Germany, has joined the company from IT consultancy firm Cluster Consulting, for which he launched a German subsidiary.

SiteSmith makes a strong case for the outsourcing of Internet infrastructure management. It points out that businesses have to address all the challenges of Web site design and implementation in the context of greater time-to-market pressures, limited resources, rapid technological change and a shortage of personnel.

What is more, says SiteSmith, especial attention needs to be given to site reliability, security and scalability -- all of which have become increasingly important.

SiteSmith has its own Operations Platform to accelerate site deployment and make management of the site easier, a factor which it claims gives it an edge over the competition.