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The Planet Joins Linux Foundation

April 20, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet Joins Linux Foundation 

Web Hosting ToolboxSAN FRANCISCO – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced The Planet as its newest member. The Planet is a global leader in IT hosting and will participate in community initiatives and projects that support enterprise Linux.

The emergence of cloud computing and virtualized environments in the Web hosting industry has opened the door the Linux community to gain important competitive advantages. The Planet leverages Linux platforms to provide these services across its global customer base.
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The Planet First to Hosting Market With Nehalem EX Servers

April 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet First to Hosting Market With Nehalem EX Servers 

Web Host ToolboxHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced the immediate availability of the Quad Xeon 7550 server, equipped with the new Nehalem EX processor. With more than three times the performance of the Intel Xeon 7400 series, this eight-core processor offers new levels of scalability and advanced reliability for mission-critical applications. It becomes the most powerful server in the company’s portfolio.

Built on a Dell PowerEdge R910 rack server chassis, the Quad Xeon 7550 is the first four-socket (4S) server in The Planet’s fleet. It provides enhanced performance with a 2.0GHz processor, 18MB of cache and 1066MHz bus speed. The server’s default configuration includes 32GB of RAM, 2TB of bandwidth and 2-300GB SAS drives. Read more

The Planet Executive to Deliver Address at Cloud Expo

April 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet Executive to Deliver Address at Cloud Expo 

Web Host ToolboxHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced that Duke S. Skarda, the company’s vice president of information technology and software development, will deliver an address at the fifth international Cloud Expo in New York City. Titled “The Cloud’s Not the Revolution: Cloud Usage Is,” Skarda will underscore how overuse of “the cloud” moniker has caused confusion in the marketplace and will preview its “real” adoption curve, discussing when cloud solutions make sense for companies. Skarda’s remarks are scheduled for Monday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Carl Meadows, the company’s senior product manager for cloud services, will also lead a session entitled “Five Steps to Sanity: Methodologies for Finding Your Best Cloud Source.” Scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, at 8:20 a.m. EST, Meadows will offer a comprehensive five-step methodology for choosing the right cloud platform for one’s business, including how to profile applications, articulate a capacity plan and define security requirements. Read more

The Planet Announces Participation at PubCon South

April 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet Announces Participation at PubCon South 

Web Host ToolboxHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced its participation in PubCon South at Dallas, the premier search and social media conference and expo. Hosted by WebmasterWorld, the event is scheduled for April 14-15, 2010, at the Richardson Conference and Civic Center. During the expo, The Planet will showcase its hosting and cloud solutions optimized for webmasters, search engine marketers and business IT managers.

“This show brings together industry thought-leaders in Internet and search marketing, social media, and advertising to share best practices in supporting their Web-based businesses,” said Todd Mitchell, The Planet’s general manager for dedicated hosting and global services. “For this audience, a reliable IT platform is paramount to their success. They’ll hear firsthand about our solutions and our own customers, who choose The Planet based on the quality of our network and data centers.” Read more

aeroRED and The Planet Sign Partnership Agreement for IT Infrastructure Hosting

April 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on aeroRED and The Planet Sign Partnership Agreement for IT Infrastructure Hosting 

Web Host ToolboxHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced aeroRED has signed on as a value-added partner to offer IT hosting solutions to the Mexican market. Headquartered in México City, aeroRED develops and manages an e-mail collaboration application, and provides shared and dedicated hosting solutions for small, medium and large enterprises.

The company’s aeroMail solution is developed on robust high-demand servers and protected by state-of-the-art anti-spam software. Multiple relay outbound servers, storage and collaboration enable corporate users to connect to Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. The geographically redundant infrastructure hosted by The Planet includes private racks, load balancers, gigabit switches and private networks in multiple data centers located in both Houston and Dallas. The company also takes advantage of Advanced Services that provide additional monitoring capabilities for their servers. Read more

Central Houston Selects The Planet Storage Cloud

April 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on Central Houston Selects The Planet Storage Cloud 

Web Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced that one of Houston’s premiere downtown business organizations has selected the company’s Storage Cloud to protect its critical data. Central Houston, Inc., which recently celebrated its 26th anniversary, is a private, non-profit organization that serves the stakeholders of Houston’s central city and has been the steward of Houston’s vision for the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown.

Central Houston supports the growth and development of the central city, collaborating with multiple companies and government organizations to ensure the cross-pollination of ideas and funding. The organization boasts an impressive membership roster, more than 100 strong, which comprises the leading companies located downtown. Among those are major corporations such as Chevron, Continental Airlines, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, JPMorgan Chase, KBR, Shell and Waste Management, legal firms, banks, major property owners, major league sports teams, and many others. Read more

The Planet Introduces iPhone Application for Customer Portal

March 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet Introduces iPhone Application for Customer Portal 

Web Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today launched a new mobile iPhone application expressly designed to make it easy for customers to connect to the company’s Orbit customer portal. In its first iteration, the application enables customers to view and manage support tickets; monitor server ping status; reboot servers; power servers on and off; and initiate operating system (OS) reloads. Customers are also able to review bandwidth utilization graphs, and track recent invoice data.

Through its own surveys, The Planet learned that more than 55 percent of its customers use iPhone applications to conduct business. Another 30 percent indicated Blackberry and Android as a preference, and applications for both will be available later this year. Read more

The Planet Expands Server Fleet with Next-Generation Intel Processor

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Web Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced the availability of the Dell PowerEdge R710 server, equipped with the Intel® Xeon® X5600 series processor and now the most powerful server in the company’s fleet. The next-generation processor, built on the new Westmere microarchitecture, offers significantly enriched performance and security. Built with six cores, the new 32 nanometer processor operates at speeds up to 2.80GHz, with 12MB of cache, a 1333MHz memory bus, and enabled with turbo- and hyper-threading.

The new processor also delivers two new security features – Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). These new technologies enable faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments.
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The Planet Announces Participation in Channel Partners Conference

March 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet Announces Participation in Channel Partners Conference 

Web Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced its participation in the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, scheduled for March 1-3, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. In booth 1326, the company will showcase The Planet Partner Plus, its program for referral partners, resellers and affiliates.

“Customers consistently cite the quality of our network and data centers as reasons why they choose The Planet, which in turn gives our partners great confidence in referring our hosting solutions to their customers,” said Thomas Blair, vice president of global sales. “Partners will hear first-hand about our new partner program, including referrals with the industry’s best commission rates and newly enhanced reseller opportunities. This conference is a great forum to meet new partners who want to grow their business with The Planet and our broad range of products and solutions.” Read more

The Planet to Sponsor WHIR Networking Event

February 20, 2010 by · Comments Off on The Planet to Sponsor WHIR Networking Event 

Web Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced its co-sponsorship of the next Web Host Industry Review (WHIR) networking event, to be held at The Grove Houston this evening.  Scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m., the event provides a venue for local hosting industry professionals to personally connect with peers, customers and partners.

“Houston is our headquarters hometown, which makes it a natural for us to sponsor an event with the industry’s leading hosting outlet,” said Todd Mitchell, General Manager for The Planet’s Dedicated Hosting and Global Services business.  “Anytime we’re able to talk about our company with business locals, it’s another opportunity to let companies know about the value we provide.”
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