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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Fayetteville-based went offline for much of the day Tuesday as a result of a "catastrophic core router failure," a spokesman said.

Service was restored Tuesday night.

The company, which was founded by a group of military veterans, provides web hosting, domain registration and pther web services

In an e-mail to clients, the company acknowledged that the company Web site, e-mail servers, FTP services and hosted sites were all unavailable.

The e-mail said, "We are currently working with Cisco Engineers to return service to operational status. We should have services returned shortly to you. If you need to contact AIT Customer Support, please call our direct line at 910-321-1300."

According to AIT, the company hosts more than 210,000 Web sites.

"AIT was founded as a garage start up in North Carolina and has grown to a two-time INC 500, multimillion dollar web hosting and technology company," founder and Chief Executive Officer Clarence Briggs says on the site.

".From a two-car garage to a 93,000 Square foot data center, AIT has always been entrepreneurial and customer-centric. Small businesses to larger clients like Time Warner, Microsoft, Newsweek, U.S. Federal Government, PC World, United Nations, Business Week, State of North Carolina, Department of Defense, Wall Street Journal, ZD net, Pizza Hut, Goodyear, Smart Money, Discover Radio, and many more have benefited from AIT’s products and services.

"You have my word that your business is my first priority – period. My team and I are fanatical about customer service and you can always count on us twenty-four hours a day, every day all year long," Briggs adds.