E2-one, the ebusiness subsidiary to insurance technology specialists Sherwood International, was launched this week.

At the core of the company's business is ‘æos' – a programe designed to handle high volumes of ecommerce users.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche are among the first companies to sign up as consulting partners with e2-one, while Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Hewlett Packard are technological collaboration partners.

In addition, specialist systems integration and implementation company, Oakdene, has also signed an agreement.

E2-one chief executive Ray Rhodes, said: “This is the start of a global network of partners, which we see as strategic in helping us take our next generation internet architecture – æos – to new markets.”

E2-one claims that with æos more than 1.8 million business transactions could be carried out per hour and over 11 million customer enquiries for personal information could be dealt with per hour.