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The Starter PKI Program: How to Get the Time-saving Convenience of a Multiple Digital Certificate Account
Some companies need to secure multiple domains or host names for their Web sites. The Starter PKI program from thawte provides a system that enables the

get a account  PKI Program: How to Get the Time-saving Convenience of a Multiple Digital Certificate Account Some companies need to secure multiple domains or host names for their Web sites. The Starter PKI program from thawte provides a system that enables the purchase and renewal of multiple secure socket layers (SSLs) and code signing certificates. Cut the red tape involved in adding domain names: find out how The Starter PKI Program works, as well as how to enroll, the costs involved, and how it can benefit you.

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get a account  growing demand, hosting will get another breath of fresh air in a few years' time, as gigantic IT providers such as IBM, EDS , Microsoft , Oracle, and Accenture will likely compete in the hosting/ASPs market. Also carrying the on-demand moniker, and with more standardized service delivery systems, IBM's recent purchase of Corio , is possibly the best indication of a revised ASP value proposition. In January, IBM announced it was bolstering its presence in the SMB market by paying $182 million (USD) in Read More

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