August 29, 2002

VIA Net.Works USA launches virtual dedicated server to reduce hosting costs for Linux customers

VIA NET.WORKS USA (VIA USA), an Atlanta-based managed Web hosting company and the local U.S. operation of VIA NET.WORKS, Inc. (NASDAQ and EASE: VNWI), today announced it has selected Sphera's HostingDirector^(TM) software to automate its shared hosting operations and to launch its new Virtual Dedicated Server solution to Linux customers.
The Virtual Dedicated Server solution will give Linux developers greater control over their hosting environments and will enable the reduction of overall Linux hosting costs. This solution will provide VIA customers with point-and-click access to more than 40 development, e-commerce and general Web applications, including MySQL^(TM), Miva® and Coldfusion®. Sphera's point-and-click installation and easy-to-use wizards and control panel will enable a novice Web master to build a sophisticated e-commerce Web site with ease.

"Our Virtual Dedicated Server gives our customers dedicated server control at shared-server prices," says Rich Grady, managing director of VIA USA. "In addition to saving them money on hosting costs, we are also helping our customers find new ways to make money by offering them free access to more than 40 time-saving and profit-building development tools. This all comes in addition to VIA USA's outstanding tech support - which touts an average first-level response time of two minutes or less."

With the Virtual Dedicated Server solution, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Web hosting providers and Internet Data Centers (IDCs) can purchase the dedicated space they need on an "as-needed" basis. Customers can manage all hosting and Web services accounts through an easy-to-use, full-featured control panel - virtually eliminating the need for customer service support.

"Sphera is the leading developer of Web hosting automation and management software," adds Grady. "Through the implementation of our Virtual Dedicated Server solution with the Hosting Director software, we are empowering our customers to manage the breadth of services they utilize and are opening the door to expand revenue streams for them."

"VIA USA is recognized as a provider of managed Web hosting services with a reputation for superior customer service," says Tamar Naor, chief executive officer of Sphera. "HostingDirector will help VIA USA maintain this reputation while improving the hosting product's efficiency by automating time-consuming Web hosting operations and offering revenue-generating, value-added services."


VIA NET.WORKS USA (VIA USA), an Atlanta-based managed Web hosting company, is a local operation of VIA NET.WORKS Inc. (NASDAQ and EASE: VNWI). VIA USA provides business customers in more than 85 countries with superior managed hosting services, Internet infrastructure and exceptional customer service. For more information on VIA NET.WORKS USA, visit, e-mail, or call 404.495.5660.

About VIA NET.WORKS, Inc.Br>
VIA NET.WORKS, Inc. (Nasdaq and EASE: VNWI) is a single-source provider of managed Internet services for businesses, with operations in North America and Europe.

VIA local operations offer a comprehensive portfolio of flexible and reliable managed Internet services encompassing areas such as connectivity, hosting, security, messaging, and professional services. VIA is a facilities-based Internet services company, managing its own backbone network. This unique combination - the agility of a local, customer-focused company and the reliability of an international high-speed network - allows VIA to be highly responsive to specific customer needs and to deliver quality solutions. VIA is headquartered at 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Virginia, USA, 20190. More information about VIA can be obtained by visiting

About Sphera

Sphera is the leading developer of Web hosting automation and management software for IDCs, ISPs and Web hosting providers for shared, dedicated and reseller hosting. HostingDirector^(TM), Sphera's flagship product, enables customers to cut costs and increase revenue by automating Web hosting management and facilitating sales of value-added applications and services via Sphera's open, secure and rich hosting platform. Sphera is headquartered in Boston, with offices in London and R&D facilities in Israel. For more information about Sphera and its products, contact us at 1-(866) SPHERA-1 or visit our Web site at

MySQL, Miva and ColdFusion are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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