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The Planet Launches Shared Load Balancing for Virtual Racks

October 27
16:52 2008

Managed Hosting NewsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today launched shared load balancing for its popular virtual rack solution. Based on Foundry ServerIron technology, the new product offers the same performance benefits of traditional load balancers, with introductory pricing starting at just $75 per month.

With shared load balancing, The Planet leverages a powerful network device shared by several virtual rack customers, offering the same scalability and redundancy as a dedicated load balancer at an 85 percent lower cost of entry. By using load balancing technology, aggregate server throughput and the number of concurrent connections are increased, which allows more traffic at higher speeds to customer sites.

“With the approaching holiday season, businesses – especially e-commerce companies – will begin to see spikes in site traffic,” said Bryce Edwards, The Planet’s general manager for complex infrastructure. “With shared load balancing, customers will see enhanced server performance as traffic volumes increase. Load balancing can be cost-prohibitive, often doubling the price of a server, which can inhibit adoption. Our customers are price sensitive, so we’ve carefully evaluated technologies to make our new shared product a cost-effective solution for most any business.”

Shared load balancing is available in three packages for virtual rack customers. The Business package features 50Mbps of throughput and 10,000 concurrent connections; the Enhanced package offers 175Mbps of throughput and 25,000 concurrent connections; and the Premium package provides 300Mbps of throughput with 50,000 concurrent connections.

About Virtual Racks
Virtual racks enhance security, particularly for companies running advanced, high-performance applications that require flexibility in multi-server environments:

• Unlimited server-to-server transfer: Multiple servers within the same virtual rack have unlimited connectivity so customers don’t pay for bandwidth between servers.
• Reduced risk of bandwidth overages: Virtual racks allow customers to pool bandwidth across all servers in the environment. The Planet eliminates the guessing game of which server will accumulate overages, only to find others below their limit.
• Access to advanced security and hosting technologies: A complete hosting solution for complex environments requires advanced firewalls and load balancers. Virtual racks allow customers to take advantage of these solutions across their multi-server applications.

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About The Planet
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 25,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 13.3 million Web sites worldwide. The Planet Alpha division provides the widest array of self-managed dedicated servers and advanced services backed by 24x7x365 support. The Planet Northstar Managed Hosting division combines a proactive methodology and seasoned IT experts to deliver a fully managed hosting solution. With the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and an enterprise-class network, The Planet turns IT into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to grow their businesses.

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