March 26, 2010 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – 1&1 Internet
, a leading European Internet provider with over 9 million customer contracts, today announced a strategic partnership with Zoho Corp.
, maker of Zoho, a comprehensive suite of award-winning online productivity, collaboration and business applications. The goal of the cooperation is to make standard cloud solutions available to small and medium-sized companies (SME) and private users (via WEB.DE and GMX.COM, also companies of United Internet group). After years of experience developing high quality, online products for private and commercial users, both companies are familiar with the specific conditions and requirements in different national markets. This expertise will now flow into joint projects connecting the worlds of hosting and cloud applications.
The first result of the partnership will be the new 1&1 Online Office, scheduled to launch in Germany and the UK in the first half of 2010, with more countries to follow soon. 1&1 Online Office will offer users a comprehensive office suite consisting of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications that run entirely in a user's web browser.
There will be no software - other than a browser - to install locally. All data will be stored centrally and securely on servers in 1&1's high performance data centres, thus enabling access at any time and even while on the road.
Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet said, "Market experts and analysts expect rapidly increasing demand for cloud applications in the coming years. As an internationally operating hosting provider, we see an extensive and lasting growth potential in this field. And we'd like to position ourselves in this segment at an early stage. With Zoho, we have found a strong partner and product developer who addresses the broad global market from private users to medium-sized companies. Besides 1&1 Online Office, we can imagine adding other Zoho applications to our portfolio in the future".
Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corporation said, "Roughly 30 per cent of our users are based in Europe, and we're eager to serve even more users there. As the largest web hosting company worldwide, 1&1 has a tremendous presence in Europe. They're an ideal partner to help bring a comprehensive online application suite to a broader European audience looking for high performance that doesn't break the bank. We are eager to see this alliance grow".
About 1&1 Internet Ltd.
1&1 Internet Ltd based in Slough, west of London, is Europe's No.1 web hosting and domain name registration company. 1&1 Internet Ltd is the UK arm of 1&1 Internet AG based in Germany (a subsidiary of United Internet Group, a public company with a market cap of more than 2 Billion GBP).
1&1 was established in 1988 and holds some 9 million British, German, French, Spanish, Austrian and US customer contracts and serves some 10 million domain names at its 70,000 server strong Data Centres. 1&1 prides itself on being the one-stop-shop for web solutions.
1&1 Internet Ltd entered the UK domain registration and web hosting market in June 2000. As a well funded profitable company, it is in a strong position to deliver a high quality service at low cost. 1&1 is an accredited Registrar with ICANN (.com), Nominet (.co.uk), Afilias (.info), NeuLevel (.biz) and PIR (.org).
Zoho is a comprehensive suite of award-winning online productivity, collaboration and business applications for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as consumers. Over two million users rely on Zoho for their Business, Productivity & Collaboration needs and actively connect via Forums and Blogs. To date, Zoho has launched 21 different applications which include several online office applications such as Writer, Sheet, Show, and Mail along with a host of business applications ranging from CRM to Projects, Invoice and Meeting. These applications are offered directly via Zoho.com or through hundreds of partners in the Zoho Alliance Partner Program. Zoho has received numerous awards, including a 2009 Webware 100 Award and an InfoWorld 2009 Technology of the Year Award.