EMS Cortex signs deal with Aussie hoster

EMS Cortex signs three-year deal with WebCentral

EMS Cortex has signed a major deal in Australia with the country’s largest web and application-hosting company, WebCentral, which will use the Cortex provisioning platform to spearhead the delivery of Microsoft-based email service Corporate Exchange.

WebCentral is a wholly owned subsidiary of listed global internet services company Melbourne IT.

EMS Cortex has signed a three-year deal with WebCentral, with right of renewal.

General manager Ivan Wells says the deal is bigger than any EMS Cortex has done in North America or Europe (EMS Cortex has 25 international customers).

He says the company provisions a large number of Microsoft-centric solutions and is receiving more customer inquiries as Microsoft releases applications ready for hosting and multi-tenanting.

“It makes obvious sense for larger businesses to buy these applications on a software-as-a-service basis, which obviates complex set-up and new investment in underlying hardware,” he says.

The Cortex platform allows different customers to share the same application (multi-tenanting) both directly and through service providers. It manages the secure provisioning of customers, users, contacts, distribution lists and public folders.

Melbourne IT is promoting Corporate Exchange to businesses with 100 to 2000 seats. EMS Cortex won the business in an international tender. The company was merged into Enprise Holdings two years ago. It operates under the Enprise brand.

EMS Cortex was established in New Zealand as Enterprise Management Solutions in 1996. Its initial focus was on enterprise management systems but in 1999 the company began developing a secure transaction platform. It launched its secure application provisioning platform in 2004.

Venture capital company TMT Ventures (NZ) has invested $7 million in the company in two tranches.

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