(Gawkwire.com) 1&1 Internet and Zoho recently announced a partnership to make standard cloud solutions available to small and medium sized companies as well as private users. After years of experience developing high quality, online products for private and commercial users, both companies are familiar with the specific conditions and requirements in different national markets. This expertise will now flow into joint projects connecting the worlds of hosting and cloud applications.

The first result of the partnership will be the new 1&1 Online Office, scheduled to launch in Germany and the UK in the first half of 2010, with more countries to follow soon. 1&1 Online Office will offer users a comprehensive office suite consisting of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications that run entirely in a user’s web browser.
There will be no software – other than a browser – to install locally.
All data will be stored centrally and securely on servers in 1&1’s high performance data centres, thus enabling access at any time and even while on the road.

Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet said, "Market experts and analysts expect rapidly increasing demand for cloud applications in the coming years. As an internationally operating hosting provider, we see an extensive and lasting growth potential in this field. And we’d like to position ourselves in this segment at an early stage. With Zoho, we have found a strong partner and product developer who addresses the broad global market from private users to medium-sized companies. Besides 1&1 Online Office, we can imagine adding other Zoho applications to our portfolio in the future".

Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corporation said, "Roughly 30 per cent of our users are based in Europe, and we’re eager to serve even more users there. As the largest web hosting company worldwide, 1&1 has a tremendous presence in Europe. They’re an ideal partner to help bring a comprehensive online application suite to a broader European audience looking for high performance that doesn’t break the bank. We are eager to see this alliance grow".
For more information on 1&1 visit the website at www.1and1.co.uk

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