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The Planet Provides Highest Performing Cloud Storage Platform

May 19, 2009 by  

The PlanetWebmaster ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today issued a report that shows The Planet Storage Cloud outperforms similar cloud storage platforms in both read and write tests. With its benefits of on-premise storage, elastic cloud design and utility-based billing, The Planet Storage Cloud delivers transfer speeds that are more than three times faster than the leading competitors.*

The white paper — titled “Five Reasons Storage Cloud Is Right for You” — highlights upload and download testing performed on three cloud storage platforms: The Planet Storage Cloud, Amazon S3 and Mosso Cloud Files. The Planet Storage Cloud demonstrated the best upload and download performance among the three, with speeds up to 46 MB/sec. It also delivered the smallest variance in test results among the three companies. Other highlights of the paper include ease of integration, multiple global nodes, flexibility and simplified billing.

“The demand for today’s storage requirements continues to escalate,” said Rob Walters, general manager for The Planet’s Storage and Data Protection business. “Coupled with these requirements is enormous confusion surrounding cloud capabilities, as well as too many surprises on customer invoices. At The Planet, we take a no-surprises approach to our Storage Cloud billing, which eliminates the uncertainty. We also offer the industry’s only globally dispersed platform, so customers can choose to store their data in close proximity to their users, no matter where they are located around the world. Customers tell us that our superior performance, combined with elasticity and a simple billing structure, is why they chose The Planet as their cloud storage provider.”

Storage Cloud White Paper Highlights

In addition to delivering higher performance than is possible with remote-only cloud solutions, The Planet Storage Cloud provides customers with unlimited scalability, coupled with usage-based billing and simple integration:

Ease of Use: The Planet provides three ways to integrate the Storage Cloud into customer accounts: a robust, full-featured Application Programming Interface (API), and software for FTP and NAS emulation.

Geographic Redundancy: With Storage Cloud nodes in five global locations – in The Planet’s Dallas D2 data center, Europe, Asia and the East and West coasts of the United States – customers can select where their data resides. The Planet offers up to a 100 percent Service Level Agreement (SLA) when customers choose a multiple-node policy.

On-Demand Flexibility: Storage Cloud features a scalable and elastic design, with capacity available on demand. Customers can scale both up and down based on usage needs, with no minimum-usage requirements.

‘No Surprises’ Billing: Usage-based billing ensures there are no hidden fees typically associated with other cloud platforms. The Planet’s “no surprises” approach calculates monthly bills based on how much storage capacity and bandwidth customers use.

To download the complete white paper, please visit: www.theplanet.com/cloud-storage-reasons.

The technical brief – “Performance Test: Comparing Cloud Storage Platforms” – outlines the performance testing methodology and results published in the white paper. This brief – and instructions on how to independently recreate the tests – is available at www.theplanet.com/cloud-storage-performance-test.

*The Planet white paper sets forth the testing criteria utilized by the company with respect to the performance testing of various similar products. Tests were conducted internally by The Planet, and neither the testing criteria nor the results of such testing have been independently verified.

About The Planet
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 20,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 17.1 million Web sites worldwide. Customers have the power to choose from the broadest range of hosting solutions in the industry, from dedicated servers, Managed Dedicated Servers, Northstar Managed Hosting™ and data center colocation, all backed by 24x7x365 support. With the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class service, backed by state-of-the-art data centers and an enterprise-class network, The Planet turns IT into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to grow their businesses. For additional information, visit www.theplanet.com.

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