NetBenefit, an experienced provider of managed hosting services in the UK with a range of services to suit every level of business, today announced that it is implementing a managed hosting solution based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Cluster Suite. This collaboration with Red Hat emphasises NetBenefit’s position as an experienced provider of business critical managed hosting solutions for organisations that demand continuously available websites or online applications.

Through the implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, NetBenefit can design and deploy highly scalable Linux infrastructures that deliver failover protection for business critical applications and services, and load balancing for increased website availability.

Together with redundancy for servers, storage, network and power systems, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers decreased implementation costs in terms of licensing. With reduced fees, NetBenefit can offer its clients robust, enterprise-level managed hosting services without the costs usually associated with high availability and disaster recovery solutions.

“Hosting providers worldwide have realised the strong price and performance advantages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and now boast some of the largest commercial deployments in production today,” said Paul Holt, regional director, UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe at Red Hat. “NetBenefit has a reputation for performance and scalability through its business critical managed hosting solutions, making it ideal to deliver and support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.”

“NetBenefit provides managed hosting solutions for companies that need to be confident of continuous high availability or comprehensive disaster recovery. Our experienced team of Linux professionals focus on understanding what a business needs to achieve to ensure that we implement the best possible technical solution,” said Jonathan Robinson, COO, NetBenefit. “Our continued work with Red Hat further strengthens our high availability, business critical offering and endorses NetBenefit’s position in the marketplace.”

For further information please contact Jonathan Bawden or Emily Gallagher, Portfolio Communications - 0207 240 6959 or netbenefit@portfoliocomms.com

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About NetBenefit

NetBenefit is part of London listed Group NBT plc (LSE: NBT.). Established in 1995, NetBenefit is an experienced provider of Managed Hosting services in the UK, with a range of services to suit every level of business. Its world-class network infrastructure allows it to guarantee resilient, available and secure Managed Hosting for businesses that need a hosting provider they can depend upon.

Group NBT plc is a leading provider of domain name management and internet-related services through the three trading brands, NetNames, NetBenefit and Easily.co.uk. Group NBT has over 200 employees and is based in London with offices in Copenhagen, New York, Nice, Frankfurt, Munich and Madrid.

For further information about NetBenefit or GroupNBT please visit www.netbenefit.com or www.groupnbt.com

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Published on: 12:00AM on 8th January 2008