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Sprint Comes Down With Weatherbug

Sprint's E|Solutions continues to pick up customers in today's failing collocation industry with its announced deal Wednesday afternoon to host AWS Convergence, Inc.

The deal is a win for both companies: Sprint E|Solutions needs to fill up its facilities with paying customers in an increasingly competitive field of Web hosts, while AWS continues uninterrupted service for seven million registered users of its real-time Weatherbug application.

Chris Sloop, AWS chief technology officer, said his company was looking for a Web host that could provide true Tier 1 support for the bandwidth demands of an application that's been downloaded and installed by more than 80 million users to date.

"We were looking for a company that could offer us the reliability, stability and scalability we need as WeatherBug and our other weather information services geared toward broadcast news outlets, schools and consumers continue to grow rapidly," he said. "The combination of Sprint's knowledge, its Tier-1 IP backbone, and the company's flexibility in finding solutions to meet our needs now, and in the future were some of the most important factors in the decision to move our hosting business to Sprint."

Information wasn't available at press time over the extent of the migration from its unknown former collocation provider. The move was affected near AWS' headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, at Sprint's Reston, VA, facility.

According to AWS, the company has more than 5,000 weather stations connected to its network, delivering real-time weather information to its customers by zip code. The Weatherbug download is a free program that Jupiter Media Metrix reports has been extremely popular over the past year with a 600 percent increase in visits throughout 2001, putting AWS on its Top 50 Web sites list.

Keith Paglusch, Sprint E|Solutions president, said the addition of AWS to the company portfolio is important as they seek to sign deals with major companies. The Web hosting division already sports contracts with Internet heavyweights Yahoo! and eBay.

"We're pleased AWS has placed its trust in Sprint to deliver its Web hosting and connectivity services," he said. "The service needs reliable and secure connectivity to continue to grow, and our Internet Centers were built with these kinds of business needs in mind.