New York, New York – (The Hosting News) – July 21, 2009 – Hosting over 200,000 premium Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, Intermedia has revealed a sign of growing optimism among the company’s customer base of 11,000 small and medium-sized businesses.
The 200,000+ total puts Intermedia ahead of any other Exchange hosting provider. Intermedia hosts more than 400,000 mailboxes overall. The premium mailboxes use Microsoftâ€™s full MAPI license, which includes a downloadable copy of Microsoft Outlook, the power to share calendars, and other features essential to business users.
Serguei Sofinski, chief executive officer at Intermedia remarked, ”It’s still too early to tell whether the economy is getting back on track. Intermedia’s growth indicates that small and medium-sized businesses aren’t standing by, waiting for the economy to turn around or the stimulus to kick in. Our customers are optimistic about what the future holds â€“ they are taking concrete steps to improve their business.”
Intermedia’s recent performance parallels trends in the small and medium-sized business climate:
- In Q4 2008 and Q1 2009, Intermedia saw slower mailbox growth in its existing customer base. Higher than average numbers of accounts pared back the number of mailboxes they use â€“ a reflection of staffing cuts enacted in response to the economy. This phenomenon tapered off in Q2 2009, signaling that many small and medium-sized businesses are stabilizing operations.
- An offering aimed at â€œcorporate refugeesâ€ â€“ business people who left or were laid off from large enterprises â€“ experienced 240 percent monthly account growth in Q2 2009. Intermedia attributes the spike to growing entrepreneurial spirit among displaced workers. The offering combines a hosted Exchange email account with synchronization to a Blackberry, iPhone or Windows Mobile smartphone.
- Intermediaâ€™s revenue and mailbox count continued to grow in Q1 2009, but the pace slowed to a level similar to that seen following the dot-com bust. In Q2 2009, the growth rate for new accounts more than doubled from the prior quarter. Q2 2009 â€œrevenue per mailboxâ€ also grew as existing customers provided Intermediaâ€™s Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphone synchronization to additional employees.
A profitable 14-year old company, Intermedia has grown organically and without debt. The company attributes its consistent quarterly gains in part to its Exchange Conciergeâ„¢ service that manages customersâ€™ transition to Intermedia from other hosting providers or an in-house server. Typically in less than an hour, customers are set up without disruption to email or other files.
Mr. Sofinski added, ”We are passionate about providing small and medium-sized businesses with the same communications and collaboration experience a Fortune 500 company can provide its employees. But we need to deliver our services in a way that is simple to set up, use and manage. Thatâ€™s the bar we set for ourselves and how we can best help our customers put technology to work.”
Intermedia recently exhibited at the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans.
Founded in 1995, Intermedia is the leading provider of business email including Microsoft Exchange hosting to the small and medium business market. Intermedia specializes in providing enterprise-grade solutions through its world class infrastructure and service to small and medium businesses at a price they can afford. Businesses looking for a more cost-effective and manageable solution for enterprise-class email and collaboration solutions should visit Intermediaâ€™s Web site.
To learn more, please visit: www.Intermedia.net/Exchange.