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PEER 1 Powers Sitemasher, New SaaS Web Site Development Solution

October 08
16:15 2008

SaaS Hosting NewsVANCOUVER, British Columbia – Through the creation of a highly tailored managed hosting solution, PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc. (TSX: PIX) helped enable the launch of Sitemasher, a revolutionary Web site development service that combines ease of use with the power that enterprise users demand. Sitemasher provides a fully managed, hosted Web site solution that seamlessly integrates the Web site building and publishing environment, content management system (CMS), analytics and search engine optimization (SEO), all within single platform.

Sitemasher provides a rich, technical framework that gives businesses the tools and services to create their own data-driven web applications without programming. This unique, practical approach has enabled the company to grow quickly with more than 2,000 customers since beta-testing began in April. PEER 1’s ability to deliver a creative solution to the client’s needs mirrors Sitemasher’s own business model, and is credited by Sitemasher as being integral to its successful launch.

“When we researched hosting companies, PEER 1 was the only one that was willing to put together a customized solution that was a fit for us,” said Sitemasher CEO Ron Moravek. “They have one of the most extensive and highest performing networks in the world and are well respected for this. No one else could provide us the solution for our cloud computing that we needed, but PEER 1 stepped up and made it work. PEER 1 provides us with the ability to offer our customers scalability, reliability, and load balancing so they don’t have to worry about exceeding their limits if business is good.”

Sitemasher differs drastically from its competition because it doesn’t focus on one area of the Web site lifecycle, such as design, content management, or maintenance. Instead, it takes care of the entire lifecycle of a Web site, and delivers this function as a service. As a result, businesses can take control of their web presence without compromising on enterprise-level necessities.

“As we look toward the future of the hosting industry, we see customizations, such as the solution we created for Sitemasher, becoming more prevalent,” said Robert Miggins, senior vice president of business development for PEER 1. “The ability to channel our powerful network to support and enable virtualization, is key for the growth of forward-thinking tech companies like Sitemasher, and helps them carve out a niche in the Web 2.0 space.”

PEER 1 is one of the only hosting companies offering all three types of web hosting services under one roof; dedicated, managed and co-location. These extensive services are supported by PEER 1’s world class, geographically diverse network, which includes 15 data centers in major cities across North America and POPs in Europe.

Before even bringing their product to market, Sitemasher has been the recipient of several awards: Red Herring finalist for top-50 Canadian IT companies, Microsoft Canada “Blue Sky” Award, and a selected participant in Microsoft’s prestigious Accelerator Program.

About PEER 1
PEER 1 believes in the limitless opportunity of the Internet, and the business growth potential it provides for its more than 10,000 customers. As a leading online IT infrastructure provider, PEER 1 offers a reliable high performance Internet network supporting scalable managed hosting, dedicated hosting through the ServerBeach brand, and co-location solutions. Backed by its 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support(TM), PEER 1 ensures customers’ online presence is always fast, always available. Since 1999, PEER 1 has grown to include 15 state-of-the-art data centers in North America and points-of-presence in Europe. The company’s headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and the stock is traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX.

About Sitemasher
Established in 2007, Sitemasher provides a fully managed, hosted website solution that seamlessly integrates the website building environment, content management system (CMS), analytics, and search engine optimization (SEO) … all within a single platform. Phil Calvin, chief technical officer, began developing Sitemasher in 2005. Ron Moravek, chief executive officer, joined the new corporation in August 2007 along with Curtis Terry, chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Sitemasher, both from Electronic Arts, Canada. Eric Dorgelo, vice president of development, joined the team from Rockwell. Nicole Denil joined Sitemasher from Microsoft Corporation. Eric Carlson became the sole venture capitalist and partner in December. For more information visit:

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