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Netfirms Offers MySQL Databases

TORONTO, ON. - March 24, 2003 - Netfirms, Inc., one of the fastest growing Web hosting companies in North America, today announced the implementation of the world's most popular open-source database solution, MySQLTM, for those customers in the Advantage or Business plans.

"MySQL has become the de facto database standard for building dynamic Websites," stated Thomas Savundra, President and CEO of Netfirms. "We decided to take MySQL and offer it on an ideal platform that is reliable, secure and easy to use."

Known for its fast, dependable and effortless database, MySQL is perfect for retrieving product data and storing customer information from a wide range of programming languages and environments.

This new service has allowed Netfirms to give their customers the option of combining PHP scripting with MySQL. Together, PHP and MySQL have become the dynamic duo of open-source, data-driven Website creation, allowing users to choose from thousands of scripts and add truly dynamic content such as forums, content management systems, news, shopping carts and polls.

"Netfirms has created a custom database management tool that brings this highly technical feature to the masses," explained Jason Matheson, Web Director of Netfirms. "This tool allows you to create new databases, and add users with different levels of security. It also gives you instructions on how to use MySQL with other Netfirms' features such as PHP and CGI/Perl."

About Netfirms

Founded in 1998, Netfirms, Inc. is a leading international Web hosting service provider, who has helped over 800,000 customers get their personal and professional sites online. With multiple full-featured packages and one of the most attractive price ranges available, Netfirms has become one of the largest web hosting operators worldwide in just over four years. Committed to making Website ownership as simple and painless as possible for beginners, Netfirms is also flexible enough for advanced Webmasters. More information can be found at http://www.netfirms.com.

About MySQL AB
MySQL AB develops, markets and supports the MySQL database server, the world's most popular open source database. With an estimated 4 million installations and over 27,000 downloads per day, MySQL is quickly becoming the core of many high-volume, business-critical applications. For more information about MySQL, visit www.mysql.com.