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Verio Unleashes Virtual Private Server On Sun's Solaris Platform

Web host Verio Inc. Tuesday made its Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting product ready-to-use on Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Operating Environment.

In a kind of two-for-the-price-of-one play, the NTT Communications subsidiary hopes its revamped VPS solution will provide the functionality of a dedicated server at a price comparable to most shared server environments.

Solaris, a Sun Microsystems product usually available only for dedicated server solutions, meets customers' needs for server uptime, and supports Web site-development and e-business tools, such as ColdFusion and the Mercantec SoftCart E-Commerce suite.

There are three major features of the VPS: platform, applications and managed services. The new platform features the scalable Solaris Operating Environment, offering the widest enterprise-application support of any UNIX flavor. This should also yield security and flexibility in a shared-hardware environment.

Additionally, Verio VPS allow customers to choose from a variety of Web-development applications, including Coldfusion, Active Server Pages, Java, Mercantec SoftCart, hosted Oracle databases, as well as the ability to support the customer's own applications. VPS also includes triple-data backups, always-on monitoring services and managed security services.

Laura Zung, Verio's vice president of product management, said the product establishes a quality, cost-effective Web site development and hosting platform.

"The cost for this product is $150 per month, similar to most shared-server environments, while it offers a rich set of features normally reserved for much more costly and sophisticated dedicated solutions," Zung said.