Sydney, Australia – (The Hosting News) – December 6, 2007 – Web applications hosting and online technology services company, HostWorks, has been chosen to host Partner4real, an online dating service aimed at the Facebook generation, to meet customer demand on its website, which exceeded 12,000 visitors a day within weeks of going live.
Hostworks is a specialist company that guarantees the online performance of some of Australia’s most successful businesses including Codan, Compass Group, Network Ten, SBS, News Digital Media, ninemsn, realestate.com.au, SEEK, Southern Cross View, Ticketek and Wotif.com.
Partner4real.com.au was established in June 2007 after Australian entrepreneurs, Chris McKay and Anthony Johnston, met by chance at a Sydney carwash. With plans to turn online dating on its head, the pair launched a new way people could search for potential partners in Australia and, during 2008, in the US and the UK.
Chris McKay, Co-founder and Managing Director of Partner4real commented, ”During the stunt, we were getting up to 12,000 visitors to the website a day.”
Aimed at 24-39 year olds, Partner4real.com.au distinguishes itself in the competitive online dating space by providing social networking tools such as a ”Lifelog” to which members upload photos and videos via their mobile phones and email, free of charge. Partner4real.com.au generated massive publicity in August when it set up Sydney’s luckiest bachelor, Paul Bardetta, in a glass house on Circular Quay, where he chose four dates a day from women who signed up online for their chance to join in the dating game.
Mr. McKay added, ”Hostworks was able to handle that demand – there were no issues. They have a very good reputation and they are the best of breed in the country at what they do. It was their managed services and the infrastructure they worked with that made them attractive as a technology partner. I’m familiar with the Hostworks data centre, their methodologies, managed service capability and their procedures. We wanted a partner which was very reliable and had the infrastructure and managed service capability to support our growth and scalability. We want to go international with the site during 2008, with Hostworks supporting it. Hostworks guarantees that we don’t lose the website during power failures or suffer unplanned downtime. It also meets our requirements for a high level of IT security.”
Hostworks provides the managed services that power Partner4real’s MySQL database and applications, including the Apache web server and Tomcat application server, running on Red Hat Linux 5.0.
Mr. McKay also indicated that Hostworks provided data communication services for Partner4real, stating that ”Hostworks’ 24X7 managed services give us a real turnkey solution. It’s a complete service they provide for the website. We don’t have to worry at all about the back end. Our strategy is to make the service absolutely bullet-proof here and then go into the US and UK. Once we are satisfied with the website as a product, and we feel it’s supporting the Australian market, then we will take it overseas in 2008 and support it from Australia with Hostworks. We have been very happy with Hostworks to date. They are not the cheapest guy in the store, but you get what you pay for. Hostworks is the best of breed in the country. Hostworks looks after the bigger players. If you want a stable environment and you want it managed correctly, we would recommend Hostworks for anyone looking to scale up and go international. Because of the fact that we want to go international, we needed to go with a company of that calibre.”
Privately held HostWorks, Inc. has provided over 500 clients with managed web hosting, web applications development and site development services since 1996. HostWorks also provides Internet Marketing Services and web application software meet business-to-business and business-to-consumer needs.
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