Qwest Communications Debuts AppXchange at Microsoft Fusion

Last week at Microsoft Fusion, Qwest Communications International, Inc. introduced AppXchange, an application infrastructure platform designed to work with Microsoft’s Windows Distributed Internet Architecture 2000.

The companies believe that leveraging Qwest’s infrastructure and services will enable ISVs and ASPs to easily distribute and share applications in a hosted environment. The applications will be hosted and managed in Qwest’s CyberCenters.

Qwest anticipates that the AppXchange platform will create a standardized environment that fully supports applications from any ISV or ASP on Windows 2000 DNA.

Qwest (Q) will provide billing and provisioning systems in addition to development architectures and application management toolsets.

Lew Wilks, president of Internet and multimedia markets, Qwest, said the company continues to look for ways to help organizations broaden the distribution of their software solutions.

“We’ve taken the complexity out of application hosting by letting ISVs and ASPs take advantage of the distribution model without having to invest in the infrastructure and maintenance,” Wilks said.

To support those ISVs and ASPs interested in starting a plan for the AppXchange platform, Qwest created DevXchange, an application developer program that provides developers with software development kits, sample code, training and an application readiness program.

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