Petstore.com Taps NaviSite For Web Hosting Services
Petstore.com, an online provider of pet-care products andservices in Emeryville, Calif., will reveal this week that
it has enlisted NaviSite Inc., an application service
provider and Web-hosting company, to host, manage, and
maintain its Web site.
By outsourcing the site's operations, Petstore.com VP of
engineering Bryan Dunkeld says his company can concentrate
on its core competency--providing pet products to consumers.
"NaviSite is providing the same service to many customers,
which makes me confident that they are experts in this field
and can handle our site," Dunkeld says. NaviSite has moved
all of Petstore.com's Web-site data to its hosting center in
California. NaviSite's Oracle Database administrators will
maintain the Web servers and E-commerce applications on an
The companies wouldn't disclose terms of the agreement, but
Dunkeld acknowledges the deal isn't expected to save
Petstore.com money in the long run. "We did a cost analysis
and found having NaviSite host our site was more cost
effective right now," he says. Initially, Petstore.com will
save money because it won't have to provide 24-by-7 support
or hire additional technology professionals to handle the
Web site. But, says Dunkeld, "Over time, it'll probably be a
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