Finnish Hosting Provider Chooses GlobalSign SSL Partner Program Taking Advantage of Control Panel Integration

Leuven, BE (Vocus) August 12, 2010

GlobalSign NV/SA (http://www.globalsign.eu), one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, today announced that IceBlueHost (http://www.icebluehost.com), a leading Finnish hosting provider, has joined its SSL Partner Program and will be reselling the full range of GlobalSign SSL Certificates to its Scandinavian and European customer base. Following the recent integration of the GlobalSign SSL reselling module in the latest version of WHMCS’s management hosting solution platform, IceBlueHost will now be able to facilitate the reselling of SSL, allowing the Finnish hosting company to respond to its customers’ growing demand for SSL effectively and efficiently.

As a Silver level GlobalSign partner, IceBlueHost will be offering the full range of SSL Certificates to its customers, from Domain Validated SSL Certificates (ideal to add security and value to a hosting package), to Organisation Validated and Extended Validated Certificates to provide the highest level of security and brand protection to its notable customers. OrganizationSSL Certificates display the organisation’s details telling visitors that the website is legitimate, whilst the latest Extended Validation (EV) technology also turns browser address bars green in IE7+, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari, rendering SSL security more visible to end users. Through this newly formed partnership, IceBlueHost customers will have easier access to the GlobalSign product range and its highly trusted 2048 bit SSL technology to secure their websites, online transactions, logins, webmail and other next generation services, protecting themselves and their customers from today’s phishing attacks.

IceBlueHost offers premium hosting solutions and adding SSL to its existing product was an obvious choice in face of the growing demand for online security. IceBlueHost is dedicated to providing the best products and services to its customers, and providing the full range of GlobalSign SSL Certificates allows them to do just that. The integration of the GlobalSign SSL reselling module into the popular webhosting platform allows IceBlueHost to complement its portfolio effortlessly and with a reduced time-to-market, as SSL Certificate reselling can be instantly managed through their existing WHMCS platform. The Certificate ordering and installation processes are also made easier for the end customer, making for a simplified experience overall. With the integration of GlobalSign products into WHMCS, it is now easier than ever for hosting companies to adopt SSL as a value-add product, optimize their product portfolio and generate new revenue streams with minimum effort or cost, taking advantage of WHMCS’ all-in-one webhosting management solution.

“The demand for SSL Certificates from our customers is constantly on the rise, and providing highly secured SSL Certificates from the reputed GlobalSign brand allows us to respond to their specific security needs,” said Patrick Brookings, General Manager at IceBlueHost. “GlobalSign’s innovative partnership with WHMCS offers high levels of automation, allowing us to benefit from extra revenue hassle-free.”

“We have experienced an unprecedented number of partner sign-ups since our association with WHMCS. The SSL reselling process is greatly simplified hence more accessible to hosting companies of all sizes, as the whole process can be managed within a single platform,” said Steve Waite, Channel Director at GlobalSign. “We are very pleased to welcome IceBlueHost on board as this partnership will be key to increasing the availability of our feature-packed SSL products on the Finnish market.”

GlobalSign’s Partner Program is designed for ISP’s, Web Hosts, Integrators, Domain Registrars and VARs to enable SSL Certificates to easily be integrated into product ranges as a value-add or revenue-generating product. An increasing number of partners are switching to GlobalSign to take advantage of its SSL program and the financial opportunity it offers. With four partnership levels available, the Program is conceived to match specific requirements, as partners can benefit from varying levels of pricing discounts, product integration, customer support and marketing and sales resources to further enhance the SSL reselling opportunity.

SSL Certificates are available from IceBlueHost at http://www.icebluehost.com/services/ssl/

For more information on GlobalSign’s Partner Program, visit http://www.globalsign.eu/partners/

About IceBlueHost

Based at the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland, IceBlueHost is dedicated to providing premium quality hosting solutions. The people behind IceBlueHost have years of experience in running a top quality hosting service, assuring the best possible hosting experience. Operating from top quality data centers in the UK (London) and Germany (Nuremberg and Falkenstein/Vogtl), with several other locations planned worldwide, IceBlueHost offer a variety of services, ranging from small shared hosting accounts, reseller accounts, virtual private servers and up to fully managed dedicated servers, as well as domain registration and SSL Certificates.

About GlobalSign

Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

About GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

For further details please contact:

Steve Waite

GlobalSign

+32 16 891900 / +44 1622 766766

press(at)globalsign(dot)com

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