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IBM, Encanto Serve Small Business Needs

Web server firm Encanto Networks Inc. Tuesday signed a deal with IBM Corp. to provide Internet access services for users of Encanto's Web servers.

The agreement calls for IBM's Internet connection services to be integrated with Encanto's e.go Web servers, intended to provide small businesses solutions for Web site hosting, Internet access, e-mail and e-commerce.

Encanto servers are designed to offer total Web functionality, including security firewalls and software tools for Web site creation and maintenance. They include e-mail accounts and Encanto's InstantConnect service, a unique service providing both Internet access and Web site connection services.

InstantConnect will utilize IBM Internet connection services to provide more than 500 local dial-in numbers for e.go users. These local dial-in numbers will be integrated into the Encanto's InstantConnect Service e.go installation program for a highly simplified, "one click" setup process for Internet access.

"IBM Internet connection services, well known for its high quality and world-class support, will provide enormous value to e.go users," said Bob Frankenberg, Encanto's president and chief executive officer.

"Encanto's easy-to-use Web server products coupled with our award-winning Internet access service offers a complete solution to help enable a small business to become an e-business quickly and affordably," said Jim Goetz, IBM Global Services' director of telecommunications for network services.