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Windows or Linux? Netfirms Delivers Both in an Integrated Web Hosting Platform


Friday, February 9, 2007; 07:06 AM

Netfirms (www.netfirms.com), aleading web hosting provider for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB), announced today that it is the first to allow developers to use both Linux and Microsoft Windows-based web hosting platforms simultaneously to build feature rich, dynamic web sites and applications. Netfirms MultiPlatform unifies both web development environments providing seamless integration, cutting development time and hosting costs.

Through proprietary technology developed by Netfirms, developers are able to use virtually any web programming framework from either platform at the same time, on the same website. Netfirms MultiPlatform delivers the most complete range of Windows and Linux based web site development tools available today under a single account including ASP.NET 2.0 and 1.0, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Linux, Apache, MySQL, Ruby on Rails and PHP.

"As a web development company, keeping IT costs down is very important, "says Damian Tran, President, ColorShadow Communications. "With Netfirms MultiPlatform, we no longer have to buy two separate accounts to use both Windows and Linux development tools to build our client's web sites. Netfirms is giving its customers the best of both worlds at an affordable price."

Netfirms customers can leverage MultiPlatform technology through the Netfirms Business plan from $14.95 (U.S.) a month. Customers who select the Netfirms Business plan can build their website with both Microsoft and Linux functionality plus get 150 GB of disk space, 1,500 GB transfer, five free domain names, email, e-commerce, statistics and 24/7 customer support.

"Microsoft is committed to building bridges across the industry to deliver products to its customers that are interoperable by design," said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft Corp. "By working with Netfirms to integrate Microsoft Windows technology into its hosting platform, we are giving customers greater choice in the web hosting technology they can use to build their websites and applications."

"In the web hosting market customers are often forced to choose between Windows or Linux platforms to build websites," says Thomas Savundra, president of Netfirms, Inc. "We saw an opportunity to turn the industry on its head and no longer force developers to choose. We expect our customers to see tremendous value with Netfirms MultiPlatform."

For more information on Netfirms MultiPlatform visit: http://www.netfirms.com/web-hosting/web-hosting-business

About Netfirms

Netfirms, Inc., founded in 1998, is the premier provider of web hosting solutions and technology to successful small and medium-sized businesses, home office, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. Netfirms hosts over 1,200,000 websites, delivering trust, quality, and reliability each and every day. With offices in the U.S. and Canada, Netfirms is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world.



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