Lotus Domino customers looking to outsource the management of their Domino operations are being wooed by UUNet, the Internet services division of the global ISP MCI WorldCom, through a service called GroupHost for Lotus Domino.
According to UUNet officials, outsourcing Domino administration would yield reduced costs, faster time to market, extensive global access, and around-the-clock management and monitoring.
GroupHost, which was unveiled last week by UUNet, is part of the first phase of MCI's Asia network roll-out and follows the global organisation's move to establish an Australian presence via its recent acquisition of OzEmail.
Among other features, the service offers advanced security in the form of managed firewall and authentication services and administration, all of which are necessary when deploying Domino-based solutions, according to UUNet officials.
GroupHost is the first groupware product available from UUNet since the recent combination of MCI WorldCom Advanced Networks and UUNet.
UUNet's GroupHost offering includes a dedicated Compaq server; round-the-clock server management and monitoring; nightly backup services; Lotus Notes and SMTP mail services; private/extended Notes domain; and Internet DNS.
The solution can also be purchased packaged with networking and managed security services, officials said.
Additionally, GroupHost features an administrative interface called AdminAdvantage SM that enables the administration of Lotus Domino resources.
The interface features user registration, group management, and online performance reporting.
The offering also includes a Web-based registration tool that allows customers to register themselves and set up direct billing for vendors, business partners, and other users.
UUNet GroupHost for Lotus Domino is available immediately. Pricing for the solution varies depending on the configuration of the Lotus Domino environment to be managed.
One analyst said GroupHost for Lotus Domino is one of the first examples of a growing trend in Internet application hosting, and the services resulting from it will be very beneficial.
"The area of collaboration - things like groupware, sales-force automation, and eventually enterprise resource planning - will be one of the most fruitful areas for Internet application hosting," said Greg Cline, director of enterprise strategies and markets at Summit Strategies.
"Midsize organisations can save the most with these services, because they have the same needs as large business, but they don't have the same IT staff," Cline said.http://www.hk.uu.net/