Deals boost e-business

As agencies turn to the Internet to purchase items ranging from information technology to office supplies, companies are switching to e-commerce services to remain competitive.

This sudden rush to become e-businesses has led Internet service providers, government resellers and even telecommunications companies to join the e-services rat race.

The merger announcement Tuesday of VeriSign Inc. and Network Solutions Inc. and the partnership agreement between Qwest Communications International Inc. and Tech Data Corp. epitomize the industry's move toward e-business solutions. Both agreements promise to bring faster, safer and easier e-business services to agencies and companies alike.

VeriSign's acquisition of NSI — the world's leading domain name registrar with more than 8.1 million sites established — will allow the company to provide domain name registration, basic World Wide Web design and secure Internet purchasing transactions. (Click here for story about Verisign and NSI merger.)

Tech Data can offer access to high-bandwidth networks and cybercenters, thanks to its agreement with Qwest, which was finalized Tuesday. Under the agreement, Tech Data will also be able to provide its resellers and systems integrators with access to Qwest's infrastructure solutions, fiber-optic network, ASP solutions and Web hosting. (Click here for story about Qwest/Tech Data partnership.)

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