Cisco Networking Academy, Walt Disney Internet Group and Pearson realize cost savings, increased revenue opportunities and increased customer satisfaction with 2Way Web Services
Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications company, announced today (4 October 2001) that Digital Island, its recently acquired subsidiary specialising in managed hosting and content delivery, will spearhead the group's web services capabilities. Digital Island today also announced the launch of its new leading edge customer offering, 2Way Web Services, with three major international customers already signed up.
Digital Island's offering enables enterprises to transact, deliver and manage e-business content to reduce operating costs and increase revenues, while ensuring high quality service for end users. It will leverage the strength and scope of Cable & Wireless' global IP backbone and hosting facilities to offer an enhanced portfolio of web infrastructure services.
Customers can now go to a financially strong, end-to-end eBusiness infrastructure provider for connectivity, both inside their organisation and with external parties, as well as managed hosting and content delivery services. This enables them to reduce the complexity of their infrastructure, the time required to manage it and, ultimately, the total cost of owning it.
2Way Web Services enables businesses to progress from using the web simply for distributing information to being able to interact with customers and suppliers and conduct electronic trading in a fast, reliable and secure environment, on a global basis. Using 2Way Web Services, businesses can complete more transactions at a lower cost per transaction - thereby increasing the profitability and performance of their online operations while simultaneously decreasing the cost.
Recent GIGA research found that Global 500 companies outsourcing with Digital Island's 2Way Web Services achieved an estimated 28 per cent cost reduction in implementation, deployment and maintenance of hosting and content services and experienced a payback period averaging three months - four times faster than competing solutions that use content delivery without integrated hosting. (Full details in separate DI release)
Also announced by Digital Island today are three new customers: Cisco Networking Academy, Walt Disney Internet Group and Pearson. The Cisco Network Academy Program is using Digital Island's 2Way Web Services to help reduce the costs of delivering education and IT training to some 200,000 students worldwide. Walt Disney Internet Group is using 2Way Web Services to handle flash crowds at web sites such as ESPN.com. Digital Island has been appointed Web Services partner for the following Pearson companies; FT Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.
Graham Wallace, Chief Executive, Cable & Wireless, said: "Our corporate customers want our services to deliver higher revenues and lower costs for them. The powerful combination of
Cable & Wireless and Digital Island is now demonstrating that we can deliver what our customers want."
The complete 2Way Web Services platform is immediately available and comprises three core service offerings; 2Transact, 2Deliver, 2Manage for delivering secure transactions, transmitting and receiving large files, managing assets, tracking digital rights and customising end-user experience, supported by service level agreements. The services are modular and can be assembled to meet individual enterprises' needs. (Full details in separate DI release)
"As part of Cable & Wireless, Digital Island can offer the scale, global reach and breadth of service that enterprise customers need for developing profitable on-line operations," said Ruann Ernst, President and CEO of Digital Island. "Together, we offer an unprecedented combination of robust infrastructure and sophisticated services. Digital Island customers are already transacting more than $1billion per day through 2Way Web Services. I am looking forward to building on this foundation."
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable & Wireless, Digital Island is responsible for the group's web services capability, including managed hosting and content delivery, leveraging the global scale, experience and financial strength of Cable & Wireless.
Supporting releases issued today by Digital Island are on (www.digitalisland.net).
About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over
#8 billion (US$11 billion) in the year to 31 March 2001 and customers in 70 countries. Cable & Wireless' focus for future growth is on IP (Internet Protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers.
For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to http://www.cw.com
About Digital Island
Digital Island., a Cable & Wireless company, is the industry's first provider of 2Way Web Services that enable enterprises to leverage the Internet to increase the profitability of online operations, increase customer value and decrease costs. Digital Island provides robust managed hosting, content delivery and network infrastructure and applications required to transact, deliver, and manage profitable transactions and interactions. As a Cable & Wireless company, Digital Island operates data centers in the United States, Asia-Pacific region and Europe and has a global content delivery network that reaches more than 35 countries worldwide. Digital Island also leverages Cable & Wireless' advanced IP network reaching 70 countries.
Digital Island is headquartered in San Francisco. http://www.digitalisland.net
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