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Sphera Teams with Rodopi Software to Offer Automated Customer Billing Solution

Software Combination Allows Hosting Providers to Further Improve Profitability

Boston, MA - October 1, 2001 Sphera Corporation, the leading provider of hosting automation software, has teamed up with Rodopi™ Software, the leading NT based provider of billing software, to offer hosting providers a complete solution for hosting automation and hosting service billing. Rodopi's billing software is now seamlessly integrated with the HostingDirector™ platform, offering Web hosting providers a single, automated operation.

By using HostingDirector's Web hosting platform along with Rodopi's billing software, Web hosting providers can give their customers feature-rich, reliable hosting services, while ensuring fast, accurate, and automated billing for those services.

HostingDirector has become extremely popular among Web hosting providers because it allows them to automatically provision and easily scale new services. As a result, they can quickly introduce new, revenue-generating services on a mass scale and dramatically boost their sales. This is made especially easy with HostingDirector's pre-integrated ValueApps, over 40 popular plug-in applications, including ColdFusion, ChiliSoft, and Real Server, that allow customers to easily upgrade their services as new applications emerge and as their business needs evolve. The integration of Rodopi's billing software will make it even easier for providers to realize the additional revenue opportunities offered by HostingDirector.

Rodopi supports an unlimited number of subscription plans, so providers can define any number of plans, each consisting of a different set of services, quotas and ValueApps. This allows them to offer predefined service packages, standardize their product lines and offer differentiated, tiered services to their customers.

"The combination of HostingDirector and Rodopi gives hosting providers a powerful income producing tool that's absolutely crucial in the current environment." said Sphera CEO, Tamar Naor, "HostingDirector provides them with revenue-generating services and Rodopi ensures that they realize that revenue."

HostingDirector and Rodopi are both automated solutions designed to reduce operating costs by simplifying hosting providers' operations and delegating routine tasks to the end user. With HostingDirector covering the hosting side and Rodopi covering the customer billing side, the two software platforms together automate the entire business operation for hosting providers. As a global platform, Rodopi is 100% web-enabled and provides live customer provisioning, reporting and tracking as well as billing functions.

"We're delighted about our cooperation with Sphera," said Ivan Vachovsky, CEO of Rodopi, "We have joined forces to help hosting providers cut their expenses and boost the satisfaction of their customers."

About Sphera
Founded in 1998, Sphera is pioneering a new approach for IDCs, ISPs and Web hosting providers to deliver value-added applications and Web services. Experienced in the day-to-day challenges facing hosting providers, Sphera has developed an extensible Web-hosting platform that delivers on the promise of end-to-end service automation. The company's flagship product, Sphera HostingDirector, automates the Web hosting industry by offering a comprehensive management infrastructure that enables reliable hosting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sphera technology puts the power of time, resources and control back into the hands of the hosting provider, resulting in new sources of revenue growth and greater profitability to the corporate bottom line. Sphera is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in Washington, D.C., Frankfurt and London, and R&D facilities in Israel. For more information about Sphera and its products, call us at 781/ 685-4962 or visit our Web site at http://www.sphera.com/

For more information, contact:

Michael Lazan, ++972-3-6132424
Sphera Corporation

About Rodopi
Rodopi is a global software company offering a state-of-the-art OSS (Operating Support System) for IP businesses. Rodopi is the worldwide leading NT solution for ISPs and ASPs, providing a complete software package for customer care management, billing and automatic provisioning. Offering a robust end-to-end solution that is 100% web enabled, Rodopi is dedicated to helping Internet businesses succeed. For more information, please visit http://www.rodopi.com or call 877-4-Rodopi. Rodopi is a division of Abacus America, Inc., founded in 1992 and headquartered in San Diego, California. Aplus.Net - national broadband provider and Web hosting company and Names4ever.com - an Official ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar are also divisions of Abacus America, Inc.

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