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The Planet Features omNovia in New Customer Video

March 10
17:01 2009

Web Hosting NewsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced that omNovia, the premier provider of Web conferencing, live casting and eLearning solutions, has selected The Planet to host its next-generation Web conferencing system. Based in Houston, the company provides an easy-to-use platform accessed through a simple Web browser that requires no software installations.

With omNovia, customers access virtual meeting rooms that accommodate groups as small as two people, all the way to 5,000 or more. With live online training, interactive marketing presentations or remote collaboration, omNovia enables companies including Wells Fargo, TD Ameritrade and Accor, the world’s largest hotel chain, to reduce travel costs and retain their critical one-on-one interactive relationships. The enterprise-class solution meets the most stringent Web conferencing criteria and pricing requirements for even small businesses.

“When we began creating omNovia Web Conference five years ago, we did not want to build just another web-conferencing tool,” said Founder and CEO Shawn Shadfar. “We created instead a next-generation platform based on our customers’ demanding requirements, leveraging the latest audio and visual technologies. Today omNovia has set new standards in Web-conferencing quality, ease of use and reliability. Working closely with The Planet team, our engineers have implemented an unprecedented 100 percent uptime reliability using advanced server redundancies and load balancing.”

“In today’s difficult economic environment, customers turn to The Planet for the value we deliver with our world-class data centers and network,” said Steve Kahan, vice president of marketing and product management at The Planet. “With around-the-clock support and six data centers that offer the industry’s broadest range of solutions, we provide customers the power to choose the precise services they require for their businesses. Whether it’s self-managed servers, advanced services to support their IT infrastructure, colocation or managed hosting, our portfolio accommodates virtually any requirement.”

“We appreciate the trust omNovia places in The Planet,” notes Kahan. “omNovia takes Web conferencing to another level, and we’ve purchased the capabilities for use here at The Planet.”

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According to Shadfar, omNovia has continued to add value to the omNovia Web Conferencing platform over the past five years.

“This results in tighter internal teams, stronger communication and improved customer relationships, not to mention the cost savings,” notes Shadfar. “As budgets are reduced and organizations are asked to do more with fewer resources, omNovia becomes an even more important business solution.”

Today omNovia continues to innovate with a focus on what its customers require. The addition of its new Recast technology, for instance, allows customers to replay events exactly the way they happened live, in a fully interactive environment. At the same time, the LiveCast technology allows customers such as Wells Fargo and the Houston Technology Center to extend the reach of their traditional in-house or in-person events to a broader online audience.

With omNovia, no IT skills are required, and using the service is as easy as accessing a Web site. With the firewall-friendly platform and integrated Voice-Over-IP (VOIP), presenters can share presentations using industry-leading applications. Even better, omNovia offers flexible pricing to fit any budget, without long-term contracts.

“We’re currently experiencing rapid adoption among larger Webex, Adobe Connect and Microsoft Live Meeting customers,” notes Shadfar, “and they are telling us our platform is easier to use, has more functionality and costs about half what they are currently paying.”

Shadfar says the broad range of uses for omNovia’s services continues to expand, and he predicts in the near future that companies will use Web conferencing the way they use a phone today.

To hear first-hand about omNovia, visit The Planet Web site and see a new video that features CEO Shawn Shadfar:

About omNovia
Based in Houston, omNovia is the premier audio and video web conferencing and eLearning platform. Established in 2004 omNovia distinguishes itself with scalable and reliable solutions. omNovia provides cutting edge products such as omNovia web conferencing combining high quality audio, fast image transmission and innovative presentation tools leveraging the power of the Internet. Built to sustain the needs of the demanding financial market with 100% up-time and real time reliability requirements, omNovia now has customers across multiple industries and in over 15 countries around the world. Learn more: +1 281.500.4065

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 15.2 million Web sites worldwide. Customers have the power to choose from the broadest range of hosting solutions in the industry, from dedicated servers, Alpha Professional 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

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