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Channel.com Briefs: iiNet, VeriSign, HP

Channel.com Briefs: iiNet, VeriSign, HP

iiNet launches app

hosting company

Perth-based Internet service provider iiNet has launched a wholly owned application hosting business named Jiva Online.

Jiva will host everything from small Web sites to complex e-commerce and intranet services, as well as provide about 30 off-the-shelf applications. These include Apple QuickTime for streaming media, Hewlett-Packard OpenMail for messaging and Miva for e-commerce software.

Jiva is pitching to Web developers and other Internet service providers for wholesale, rebadged offerings under the look and feel of the ISP client.

"By not competing with our wholesale clients and by enabling them to easily up-sell and plug in new applications for their customers, the response to our offering has been extremely positive to date," said Jiva's chief executive officer, Clayton Hollingsworth.

VeriSign holds the .com

VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have amended agreements reached two years ago regarding control of .com, .net and .org Internet domains.

VeriSign will relinquish control of the .org domain for non-profit organisations by December 2002, followed by the .net domain in January 2006. The company will keep control of the .com domain until November 2007. VeriSign gained control over the three domains when it acquired Network Solutions (NSI) for $US21 billion in March 2000.

The new agreement removes VeriSign's obligation to spin off the registry division into a completely separate company. When the first agreement was reached, competitors felt that maintaining the registry gave NSI an unfair sales advantage.

VeriSign has also agreed to fully participate in the financial support of ICANN.

HP targets Victorian talent

Hewlett-Packard Australia has established a development centre in Melbourne, christening it the Asia Pacific Consulting Centre of Expertise.

The vendor has promised the centre will create 250 new jobs over three years, including 140 graduate positions. The centre was officially launched by the Victorian Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby.

Norman McCann, managing director of HP Australasia, said Victoria was chosen to host the Asia Pacific Consulting Centre of Expertise because of the State's "strong culture of innovation".

The projects undertaken at the centre will be focused on broadband applications and interactive television solutions, with each project costing between $20 million and $50 million.


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