BELTSVILLE, Md. and PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- pch.com, the online division of Publishers Clearing House, today announced it has selected industry leaders Compaq (NYSE: CPQ) and Digex, Inc. (Nasdaq: DIGX) to provide a highly scalable and secure Web hosting solution, designed to create a robust infrastructure, reduce time-to-market and enhance customer service. pch.com also announced that as a result of the superior IT support provided by Compaq and Digex, they successfully managed a 500% increase in Web site traffic after running one of the largest advertising campaigns in the history of Web hosting, providing its customers with uninterrupted service. Based on the Publishers Clearing House model of providing customers with shop-at-home convenience, pch.com delivers a full-range of services including, sweepstakes registration, games and secure shopping. To support and manage this heavily trafficked site, Compaq and Digex combined best-of-breed technologies, including Compaq ProLiant Servers and Digex' suite of fully managed hosting services, as well as a dedicated account team to provide the highest level of customer support. "pch.com's intent is to provide customers with an uninterrupted, secure online experience," said pch.com vice president Todd Sloane. "That's a tough order for a site that receives more than 200,000 site visits per day. By working with industry leaders such as Compaq and Digex, we are confident that through the Web we'll deliver the high quality of service our customers have come to expect." "Whatever the environment and whatever the need, Compaq has a NonStop(TM) eBusiness solution to keep customers up and running in today's Internet economy," said Keith McAuliffe, vice president of Compaq's Service Provider Business Unit. "By working with Digex to create a world-class, ready-to- deploy Internet infrastructure for end customers, e-businesses such as pch.com are able to operate 24x7 and outsource business applications with confidence." "Focusing on performance and availability is core to our managed hosting services," said Nancy Faigen, president of sales and service delivery at Digex. "By having a reliable and scalable Web site 'always-on,' pch.com is able to take full advantage of its new online presence." About pch.com pch.com is a leading provider of sweepstakes on the Internet. Their combination of sweepstakes oriented content and impulse shopping made it one of the fifty most trafficked web sites during the holiday season. As the online division of Publishers Clearing House, pch.com offers online entry into the world famous Super Prize sweepstakes, while also providing interactive games, contests and great deals on magazines and merchandise. About Digex Digex (Nasdaq: DIGX) is a leading provider of Web and application hosting services for some of the world's leading companies that rely on the Internet as a critical business tool. Digex also offers value-added enterprises and professional services, including performance and security testing, monitoring, reporting and networking services. Digex customers, from mainstream enterprise corporations, Internet-based businesses and Application Service Providers (ASPs), leverage Digex's services to deploy secure, scaleable, high performance business solutions, including electronic retailing, online banking, online procurement and customer self-service applications. Additional information on Digex is available at www.digex.com. Internet Users: Digex news releases and other useful information are available on Digex's website at www.digex.com. To receive news releases by e- mail or to request that information be mailed to you, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Digex website and click on the "Investor Information Request Form" link.
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