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Netstore, a leading European Application Service Provider (ASP), today announces that it has become the first ASP to sign a strategic partnership with Basilica Computing who is to provide Netstore's ASP services.

Basilica Computing has earned an enviable reputation for innovation and service. As a leading provider of IT solutions into the UK corporate market, Basilica's ongoing success can be attributed directly to the quality and flexibility of its people. Additionally, Basilica's straightforward approach to its customers' business requirements enables it to meet and exceed expectations.

Basilica is one of the fastest growing IT solutions and services companies in the UK, and enjoys strategic alliances with global corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computers and Toshiba. Basilica principle accreditations are Microsoft certified Partner, HP Premier Partner Corporate Reseller, Compaq System Reseller, Toshiba Quality Plus Reseller, and Citrix Gold Partner.

Mark Craddock, ASP Market Development Manager, Microsoft UK said: "Microsoft has developed close working relationships with both Basilica and Netstore and is confident that both companies share a common goal, to deliver leading edge applications as a service, supported by the highest possible levels of customer service."

Alison Heath, UK Sales Director, Netstore said: "As an ASP committed to the development of strategic channel partnerships, Netstore appreciates the significance of the alliance with Basilica, one of the UK's leading resellers. This synergistic relationship will enable both Netstore and Basilica to deliver the very real and quantifiable business benefits of the ASP model to an ever-expanding user base."

Richard Sparrow, Sales Director, Basilica said: "The adoption of an ASP strategy will enhance Basilica's solutions portfolio, improve access to new market segments, while benefiting from a predictable revenue stream. As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and BS7799 certified, Netstore has demonstrated its operational readiness and ability to deploy leading edge technologies. Netstore understands the channel model, is committed to working with us and delivers leading edge applications that will add value to our customers."


About NetStore
Founded in 1996, Netstore is Europe's leading Application Service Provider ('ASP') and is one of the first Microsoft Certified ASP Partners in the world. Netstore was the first ASP to achieve a London Stock Exchange listing on April 19th 2000 raising £40 million.

Netstore is a packaged-ASP delivering software application to the SME market on a one-to-many basis (a central infrastructure shared between many users across many customers) as opposed to a consultancy-ASP delivering applications to large enterprises on a more traditional, one-to-one outsourced basis. Netstore delivers its services on a fixed price, per user, per month basis via the Internet providing businesses with the flexibility to access the software and support services required on a subscription basis.

Netstore currently delivers fully scalable, reliable and secure services including Microsoft Exchange 2000, mobile access to Exchange 2000 (MAX2000), Netstore On-line Backup and Netstore iRoam to over 23,000 business users.

Netstore is headquartered in Bracknell, UK, with offices in Manchester and Paris.

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