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World leading model animators Aardman turn to Data Return for managed hosting services

Oscar-winning model animation company Aardman, the creators of popular characters such as Wallace & Gromit and Ginger & Rocky from Chicken Run, have selected Data Return, the company that provides a higher standard of managed hosting, to run its consumer and trade web sites. Data Return will manage www.aardman.com, fan sites for Wallace & Gromit, Rex the Runt (currently showing on BBC 2), Chicken Run and Angry Kid, as well as Aardman’s extranet and its B2B focussed site http://www.aardman.com/trade .

With numerous interactive, high bandwidth features, including downloadable movie clips & animations, and the need to transfer files and data with its business customers, Aardman wanted a partner with a secure, stable infrastructure and in-depth technical knowledge. Data Return’s proven track-record in delivering cost effective, reliable solutions coupled with its expertise on the Microsoft platform, and support for SQL Server, made it the ideal choice.

“Outsourcing the management of our portfolio of websites enables us to focus on delivering the imaginative, entertaining content that Aardman is world famous for, while Data Return ensures the smooth running of the sites”, commented Paul Deane, Internet Manager, Aardman. “Data Return impressed us with its range of technical experience, particularly on Microsoft applications and the quality of service and support that it offers.”

“This latest win for Data Return’s UK office is further evidence of our position as the leading provider of managed hosting services for Internet applications based on Microsoft technologies. Our customers can rely on Data Return to deliver the level of availability and security they need for even the most complex of applications,” said Gideon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director for Data Return UK.

Notes to editors


About Aardman

The company is known as Aardman and has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and has won three: Creature Comforts, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. Nick Park joined Aardman in 1986 and is now a director of the company along with co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton.

Aardman Features is a separate studio dedicated to producing feature films. Chicken Run, the first film produced by this company has grossed over 0m worldwide.

For Aardman enquiries please call 44 207 706 1046.


About Data Return

Recognised by Microsoft as the Windows 2000 Global Hosting Partner of the Year 2000, Data Return specialises in providing high-availability managed hosting services for companies whose applications are based on Microsoft technologies. These services are utilised by many leading enterprises including Microsoft, Compaq Computer Corporation, RadioShack.com, Texas Instruments, H&R Block, The World Bank, and Fossil. Data Return also provides managed infrastructure services for the rapidly growing market of Application Service Providers (ASPs). Data Return strategic investors and Global Alliance Partners include Microsoft, Compaq Computer Corporation and Level 3 Communications. In November 2001, divine inc., an integrated solution provider headquartered in Chicago, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Data Return.

For more information, visit http://www.datareturn.com

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Nicola Garrett
Golin/Harris International Ltd
0207 898 3427
ngarrett@golinharris.com

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