June 23, 2010 13:38 ET

Rise Counted Among Top Finalists for the 2010 Microsoft Partner Awards in the Category Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year

GLOUCESTER, UK--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  Today, Rise ( -- part of Fasthosts Internet Ltd. -- announced it has been selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Partner Awards in the Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year award category.

Rise, launched by Fasthosts in March, provides cloud and dedicated infrastructure as well as end-to-end solutions for channel partners. Rise's partnership with Microsoft and utilization of its technology enables Microsoft to offer key services including virtual private server, dedicated server, exchange and email hosting and web hosting. 

"Our end goal is to provide customers and their trusted IT suppliers with a flexible, reliable and cost-competitive platform and our relationship with Microsoft is a key strategic part of our offering," said Steve Holford, marketing director for Fasthosts and Rise. "While Rise is supported by a global giant in Fasthosts, we are a new and growing company and being recognized in the Microsoft Partner Awards program is an important validation of our strategy and solution."

Holford added, "We believe that traditional Web services competitors have focused only on about 10 percent of the total addressable market, illustrating opportunities for a company like Rise in small to mid-sized enterprise applications beyond web services and through the channel."

Awards were presented in a number of categories, with winners and finalists chosen from a pool of almost 3,000 entrants worldwide. The Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year Award honors partners who have demonstrated solution innovation and a commitment to engaging with Microsoft. This award recognizes Rise for teaming with Microsoft to address their customer needs through identifying new market opportunities and using technology innovation.

"Congratulations to the 2010 Partner Award finalists for delivering such creative and superior Microsoft solutions and services," said Allison Watson, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. "It's incredible to see the level of expertise our partners continue to exhibit as they create and deliver innovative solutions and services to grow their businesses, meet customer needs, and drive down costs."

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

About Rise
Rise ( is a brand new company launched on 31st March 2010 from Fasthosts. Rise provides cloud and dedicated infrastructure as well as end-to-end solutions for channel partners to either resell, or offer as a white label service under their own brand.

Fasthosts is a leading web hosting provider. Based in the UK and operating 24x7 from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures over 40 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts services can be self-managed through the award winning Fasthosts web-based control panel that provides customers with unparalleled online control, enabling them to manage hosted services including domain registrations, shared web hosting, business-class email, dedicated servers, software-as-a-service, internet merchant accounts and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts maintains an award-winning, highly successful reseller channel.

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