The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2005-04-13T14:45:00Z WebCentral appoints three new business development managers across NSW, QLD and Victoria 2005-04-13T14:45:00Z webcentral-appoints-three-new-business-development-managers-across-nsw-qld-and-victoria WebCentral (ASX:WCG), Australias largest managed hosting and application services company, has appointed three new business development managers to its enterprise business. The three new recruits - Natasha Datos (NSW), Martin Sheahan (VIC) and Lisa Stokes (QLD) - are responsible for driving growth in the corporate and government markets for business critical web and application hosting services. Commenting on the new appointments, Andrew Spicer, Chief Executive Officer, WebCentral, said Natasha, Martin and Lisa are a welcome addition to our growing enterprise business. These appointments follow WebCentrals continued success in the enterprise market and will play a key role in further developing the managed services market for WebCentral. Natasha Datos, Business Development Manager Natasha Datos joins WebCentrals enterprise division and is based in Sydney. Ms Datos brings over 10 years experience gained in the IT industry to WebCentral and has had a particular focus on managed services over the past two years. She most recently held the position of business development manager with Dimension Data where she was responsible for driving managed services growth in the NSW market. Prior to this she was manager service channels and service renewals for Cisco Systems and previously held a service focused role with Nortel Networks. Martin Sheahan, Business Development Manager Martin Sheahan is based in WebCentrals Melbourne office and brings over 16 years experience in the IT industry to his new role. Prior to joining WebCentral he was business development manager for Foursticks, an Australia software development start-up company. During his time at Foursticks Mr Sheahan played a contributing role in the signing up of IBM as both an equity holder and Integration Partner. He has also worked as southern region business development and sales manager at Nortel Networks where he achieved success with a number of major accounts. Lisa Stokes, Business Development Manager Based at WebCentrals Brisbane headquarters, Lisa Stokes joins the company after three years with IBM. During her time at IBM she was business development manager for Lotus Software in QLD and NT and was responsible for securing a whole of government deal with the Northern Territory Government for e-mail and collaboration. Prior to joining IBM, Ms Stokes was an account manager with BMC Software in Melbourne. She has held previous roles with CommSoft Group and Morgan and Banks. Ms Stokes holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. WebCentral boosts sales force with three new appointments 2003-12-12T15:00:00Z webcentral-boosts-sales-force-with-three-new-appointments Australia's largest web hosting company, WebCentral, has strengthened its business development and relationship management resources, recently naming Todd Buckley, Simon Oliver and Vic Scona in key positions. Todd Buckley, Wholesale Account Manager With more than 10 years experience in the telecommunications industry, Todd has moved sectors to join WebCentral's Sydney office to work exclusively with its wholesale customers, such as OzEmail. His background comprises a diverse range of roles, including five years in business development at Brisbane-based telecommunications and IT distribution company Cellnet, before moving onto Philips Consumer Communications. Todd then spent three years at Vodafone as their Retail Marketing Manager overseeing its retail and wholesale marketing initiatives. Prior to joining WebCentral, Todd was responsible for launching Foxtel into national major retail chains and launching its partner program with both Sony and Sanyo. Simon Oliver, Business Development Manager Simon begins his position at WebCentral with a wealth of business development experience in the web hosting environments. Starting out with OzHosting in 2000 as their Senior Sales representative, Simon held a number of senior BDM roles including Manager Priority 1 network for its Reseller and Advanced Channel Partner networks at OzHosting before moving to greener pastures at WebCentral. He was BDM for its Advanced Services in their Victorian and Tasmania markets, and then became the principal BDM for its wholesale partners worldwide, including Request DSL, NTTVerio, Viking, peopletelecom. Based in WebCentral's Melbourne office, Simon's charter will be to grow WebCentral's Victorian dedicated hosting revenues. Vic Scona, National Key Partner Manager As National Key Partner Manager, Vic will manage and grow WebCentral's already solid relationships with its Tier 1 Partners Australia-wide. Based in WebCentral's Sydney office, Vic moves to WebCentral with a strong background in the online industry. As Business Development Director with RedSheriff Limited from February 2002, Vic was responsible for driving sales of web-based measurement, ratings and research services, as well as assisting in the development of new product groups and overseeing vertical strategies within key Australian industry groups. He was also part of the original Sydney CitySearch team in 1997, from which he progressed through to sales management in early 2000. A wider role at f2 followed, when Vic became National Product Integration Manager in February 2001. WebCentral to acquire 50% of spam filtering provider, messagecare 2003-12-01T22:30:00Z webcentral-to-acquire-50-of-spam-filtering-provider-messagecare WebCentral Pty Ltd, Australias largest web hosting company, today announced the acquisition of 50% of messagecare, an Australian spam filtering and monitoring provider. messagecare has invested more than $1 million to date in developing its SpamTrap product and associated technologies. This deal will see WebCentral support messagecare through the remainder of its current commercialisation period and collaborate on future developments. WebCentral CEO, Lloyd Ernst, said This acquisition represents much more to WebCentral than a spam filtering service. The combined industry experience and knowledge of global spam trends that resides in the messagecare senior management, including former OzEmail CTO, Andrew Kent, will be invaluable to us in formulating proactive strategies for combating spam to benefit WebCentral and our customers. messagecare provides retail and wholesale spam filtering solutions that can be scaled to cater for individuals, businesses and telecommunications companies. messagecares flagship spam filtering product, SpamTrap, was awarded 5/6 in the December 2003 issue of PC Authority magazine and was described in that review as an excellent service that is both effective and well priced. Consulting services and spam trend updates are another core offering, leveraging messagecares wealth of expertise to assist ISPs in managing spam. The wholesale spam intelligence arm of the messagecare business has already generated interest from local ISPs. With thousands of new hoaxes and scams proliferating by email every day, the importance of monitoring, identifying and dynamically countering new exploits is increasing. messagecare CEO, Andrew Kent, said messagecare was founded by Sean Howard, the founder of OzEmail. With seven years experience running one of the southern hemisphere's largest mail servers, our team understands the importance of protecting the integrity of email as a communications channel from adversaries like spam, fraudulent emails, viruses and pornographic material. We are excited about the opportunities that this strategic alliance presents for our spam filtering and intelligence services. As Australias largest web hosting company, WebCentral is ideally placed to be an industry leader in spam control. Up to the minute information such as the identity of spammers, the origin of spam and the impact of viruses is fundamental to combating this email plague which is debilitating businesses across the globe. SpamTrap will be a valuable addition to WebCentrals suite of web hosting and email solutions for business and is the latest premium email product in WebCentrals range since the launch of its Managed Exchange 2003 product in September this year. WebCentral CEO, Lloyd Ernst, said messagecare and its SpamTrap service are a perfect fit for WebCentral and will complement our existing product range well, extending our capabilities in the premium email sphere. Spam is a very significant issue in our industry and in recognition of its importance to our customers and their businesses, we have undertaken this alliance. How does SpamTrap work? SpamTrap uses four databases to check email, including a dynamic, custom database that is constantly updated with the latest exploits from honey pot addresses and customer feedback. The technology and architecture behind SpamTrap has been designed and built to deliver a service that offers users high spam capture rates without catching legitimate email. Key to the service's high capture rate is the ability to quickly identify and accurately match incoming mail messages against the SpamTrap Database of spam. Using a global network of spam traps and proprietary collection techniques, SpamTrap collects and classifies spam email. A unique 'fingerprint' of each spam email is recorded and added to the SpamTrap Database. The SpamTrap system then takes a 'fingerprint' of each user's incoming email messages and compares them against the SpamTrap Database. If a match is detected, it is declared spam and put in a message store for viewing and deleting by the customer. SpamTrap's 'fingerprinting' technique protects the privacy of a user's email because the email is never viewed, its 'fingerprint' only is assessed. Customers are able to check their trapped email via an online web interface if they wish to confirm the legitimacy of their trapped email. All qualified false-positives are taken out of the databases and are not trapped after that. About WebCentralFounded in 1997, WebCentral has grown to be one of the largest and most successful web hosting companies in the Asia Pacific region. WebCentral is a private company 49.4% owned by FTR Holdings Limited (ASX FTR). WebCentral employs more than 150 staff and currently hosts more than 60,000 web sites and domains, delivers more than 2.2 million emails daily and transfers approximately 23 terabytes of data each month to the internet from its state-of-the-art facilities. About messagecare messagecare, a privately owned company, was started in 2003 by Sean Howard who founded OzEmail, one of Australia's largest ISPs, with a vision of creating a suite of value-adding services designed to enhance the messaging experience of individuals, businesses and service providers. WebCentral signs first Australian Commercial Service Provider agreement with Macromedia 2003-03-03T18:19:00Z webcentral-signs-first-australian-commercial-service-provider-agreement-with-macromedia Australias largest web hosting company WebCentral has become the countrys premier source of Macromedia ColdFusion MX hosting after signing the first Australian Commercial Service Provider (CSP) agreement with Macromedia. Under the CSP agreement, WebCentral will offer ASP licences for Macromedia ColdFusion MX and Macromedia JRun 4 to its rapidly growing customer base, which covers more than 50,000 sites and domain names. "The ASP licensing agreement is a good fit with WebCentrals strategy to install Macromedia ColdFusion on its shared hosting servers and will deliver benefits to customers including more affordable pricing and easy deployment of dynamic web applications using Macromedia server solutions," WebCentral CEO, Lloyd Ernst, said. "This agreement gives WebCentral the flexibility to install Macromedia ColdFusion on our shared servers and pay for ASP licences only when they are activated by hosting customers. This approach makes Macromedia technology more readily available and cost-effective for our customers. For example, under the new arrangement customers who want to add Macromedia ColdFusion to one of our shared web hosting solutions will pay between $15 and $50 per month instead of up to $290 per month. That is a compelling saving for our customers." In the past, individual licences had to be purchased and installed per server on an as-needs basis when requested by customers. The process could take several days and required moving the site to another server and caused disruption to service during installation. "The CSP licensing initiative will deliver faster, simpler, better and more affordable access to Macromedia development products for customers who will pay a monthly ASP subscription fee if they enable Macromedia products," Gene Suna, WebCentral Group Product Manager added. "Now we can offer Macromedia ColdFusion as an add-on product to a greater number of our customers, who will be able to activate Macromedia ColdFusion and other Macromedia technologies through our automated web interface. Developers and systems integrators can decide to enable the Macromedia ColdFusion software at any time as their web site requirements change." "The sandbox security features of Macromedia ColdFusion will also deliver an enhanced level of protection for our customers on shared servers," he said. Macromedia Country Manager, Australia/New Zealand John Treloar added: "The CSP agreement further strengthens the existing relationship with WebCentral and extends access to Macromedia application servers and application development solutions to developers and corporates." ### ABOUT WEBCENTRAL WebCentral is a leading supplier of Internet solutions for business, including a wide range of web hosting products satisfying the needs of small business through to large corporations and governments. Services include complex hosting, sophisticated email solutions, electronic commerce, live credit card clearing solutions, domain name registration and a wide variety of other value added services. Established in 1997, WebCentral is a private company 49.4% owned by FTR Holdings (ASX FTR). The company employs more than 150 staff in the Asia Pacific region. WebCentral currently hosts more than 50,000 sites and domains for corporations, government organisations and small and medium businesses.