August 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Rise Launches Cloud Computing Services for Channel Partners in North America

Rise Expands and Signs on Titanium Ant as First U.S.-Based Channel Partner

SEATTLE, WA and GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - August 19, 2010) -  Rise, a division of U.K.-based Fasthosts Internet Ltd., today announced it has expanded its channel-focused cloud computing offerings for small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) in North America.

The company also announced its first U.S.-based channel partner, Titanium Ant.

Through Fasthosts, the U.K.'s largest web hosting company, Rise ( leverages more than a decade of experience delivering hosted services to businesses. The company has more than a million domains under management and hosts over 500,000 websites. Its massive, world-class infrastructure includes more than 8,000 dedicated servers offering more than five billion megabytes of storage. 

Rise provides white label, infrastructure-as-a-service solutions to channel partners, enabling them to quickly add complementary cloud-based services to their portfolios for existing customers and to facilitate market expansion. Leveraging its Data Center-on-Demand philosophy, Rise enables partners to supply, manage and operate virtual data centers for customers in a secure environment.

Using the company's hosted infrastructure services, partners can provision a range of managed and unmanaged services, including e-mail, storage, back-up, e-commerce, and web hosting. Rise plans to expand its service offerings later this year.

In conjunction with announcing its market expansion into North America, Rise announced its first U.S.-based channel partner -- Titanium Ant ( Titanium Ant offers a broad range of professional and IT services that enable small, mid-sized and large organizations to leverage enterprise technologies for business advantage.

Worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services topped $16 billion in 2009 and is expected to reach $55.5 billion by 2014, according to a research report released in June by IDC. Through its extensive product offerings, Rise enables channel resellers to address the growing demand and easily expand their IT services to include cloud computing, said Steve Holford, marketing director for Rise and Fasthosts. 

"Rise was introduced to provide channel partners with a seamless way to offer cloud computing infrastructure solutions directly to small and mid-sized businesses," Holford said. "We see a true opportunity and growing demand for cloud computing in the SMB market as these companies begin to understand the real value cloud solutions can have on their business."

The Rise Channel Partner Program for value-added resellers and systems integrators includes technical support, sales and marketing support, and accreditation. SMBs regularly turn to trusted IT, web and telecommunications service providers when evaluating the right IT solutions for them. The Rise model enables channel partners to offer a wide range of IT solutions that best fit their SMB customers' needs, Holford said.

"By leveraging Rise's cloud infrastructure, we are able to further expand our IT solution offerings and quickly enter the cloud computing market," said Marshall Van Beurden, president of Titanium Ant. "In the past year, there has been increased interest surrounding cloud computing among our customers and potential customers. Rise enables us to address this growing interest and continue working directly with our customers to offer them the scalability, flexibility and cost-effective benefits of cloud computing."

About Rise
Rise provides cloud-based 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 brands. The company is a U.S.-based division of Fasthosts Internet Ltd., the leading web hosting provider in the United Kingdom.

Operating 24x7 from its dedicated UK data centers, Fasthosts keeps more than 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures more than 40 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts' services can be self-managed through the company's award-winning, 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 also maintains an acclaimed reseller channel.

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About Titanium Ant
Titanium Ant is an IT Consultancy and Technology Management company that is based in Seattle, WA. We work in a collaborative and problem solving manner with clients to understand what is needed financially, operationally, and technically for the business. We then tailor the engagement and technical solution to meet the individual business needs of the client. This includes selecting the right skill sets, experience, and approach for their particular business. 

Titanium Ant provides a broad range of professional services that empower small, mid-sized and large organizations to leverage enterprise technologies for business advantage. Our services range from general network architecture and implementation to providing cloud computing and other managed IT solutions.

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