Ecom Expands Relationship with The Planet

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Ecom, Inc. announced that it has enhanced its contract with The Planet, one of the worldÂ?s fastest growing managed hosting providers, to include a full scale continuance center as part of the business continuance services.

Ecom, Inc. announced that it has enhanced its contract with The Planet, one of the world’s fastest growing managed hosting providers, to include a full scale continuance center as part of the business continuance services.

Business continuance services offer companies mirrored working environments for their staff in the event of a disaster. As part of these services, the Planet provides Ecom with completely furnished office space, redundancy in power, network connectivity, security, and telephone and computer networks. Ecom currently operates a secure server cage within The Planet’s Dallas datacenter.

"This arrangement is just another example of Ecom's commitment to protecting the services we provide our clients," said L. Cade Havard, Chairman and CEO. “we can now ensure that our operations and systems will be recovered quickly and efficiently in the event of a disaster, and that our workflow remains absolutely seamless.”

The Planet’s Business Continuance Center consists of 3,500 square feet of flexible space equipped with cubicles, conference rooms, computer workstations, training and break rooms, secure power, and phone and network connectivity. The Center is supplied by both UPS and generator power, while 11 Tier-One carriers provide redundant network connectivity. The Center also offers datacenter redundancies and a private internal network with firewall and domain controllers. It is designed to be fully operational within hours of any catastrophic event.

"In today’s information-critical economy, it’s simply not sufficient to rely on data backup and remote monitoring for disaster recovery,” said Peter Pathos, Chief Executive Officer of The Planet. "When a company’s physical infrastructure is compromised for any reason, its employees must be relocated, its network must be re-established, and its customers must see minimal interruption in service." Pathos added that The Planet’s industry-leading facilities, 24/7 monitoring services and built-in redundancies make it well positioned for recovery and business continuance services.

“By partnering with The Planet, we can now move our employees at a moment’s notice to a fully operational recovery center and maintain an uninterrupted workflow for our client base,” stated Rachel H. Graham, Ecom’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

About Ecom, Inc.

Ecom is dedicated to helping insurance companies and smaller businesses increase their profitability and shareholder value with a revolutionary approach to PPO management. Ecom has a proven performance record of taking complex, operational, technical, and/or financial issues and converting them into real-world, cost-effective solutions. Ecom provides total administration of the Virtual PPOSM network along with the most sophisticated Internet tools available to assist in tracking medical claims throughout the payment process. Ecom's client base consists of individual or small group health insurance carriers and self-funded employer groups that have saved millions of dollars per year by choosing Ecom.

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About The Planet

The Planet Internet Services, Inc. is a fast-growing, profitable provider of managed hosting and Internet infrastructure services for businesses and organizations that require entry-level to enterprise IT support. The Planet's value-added services include advanced server monitoring, database administration, managed data storage, security products, virtual private networks and backup services. Co-location services are available for those customers desiring to use their own Web servers and rely on the Company's advanced, fault-tolerant facilities and network infrastructure. The Planet's Server Matrix Division provides entry-level and small business dedicated servers and co-location offerings coupled with managed services and a customer support portal.

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