Stone Bond Technologies Selects The Planet for Software Test Bed

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The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced that Stone Bond Technologies (http://www.stonebond.com) has selected the company as the core platform for its software test bed. Stone Bond provides customers with a variety of software solutions, including integration, workflow automation and messaging software. In each case, Stone Bond provides mission-critical solutions that enable organizations to exchange, map, align and clean data across multiple software applications and hardware platforms so that information provides meaningful business data.

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Customers rely on Stone Bond to deliver enterprise-quality solutions

Stone Bond's customers span the energy and life sciences industries.

"Customers rely on Stone Bond to deliver enterprise-quality solutions," said Stone Bond Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Pamela Szabo. "We serve industries that require rationalized critical data from multiple sources to make long-term business decisions. Before we introduced our newest messaging product, we used the vast resources of The Planet's servers, data centers and network infrastructure to simulate the complexities of a trading room floor, where tens of thousands of messages are exchanged in the course of just a few hours. We were able to evaluate the performance of our solution across multiple data centers to be certain our customers are getting the results they expect."

"Our world-class data centers and enterprise-quality network offer the best possible resources for testing new products and solutions," said Steve Kahan, vice president of marketing and product management for The Planet. "The cost of purchasing servers, software and bandwidth to test enterprise scalability can wreak havoc on budgets. A number of companies have turned to The Planet to create test beds to evaluate the scalability of their products and solutions before they're released. With servers available in just one hour, coupled with the significant cost savings, we expect even more companies like Stone Bond Technologies to take advantage of our capabilities."

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Stone Bond's founders established the company in 1993, armed with significant experience in the energy industry. Recognizing the massive numbers of applications that required cross-functional integration and collaboration – and the requirement to rationalize data interaction across multiple hardware and software platforms – they initially focused on creating software that could solve these difficult business requirements.

The result of this work was realized with the introduction of Enterprise Enabler®, which provides capabilities that allow companies to access, manage and integrate data, regardless of where it resides in the enterprise. The software helps companies to dramatically reduce costs and improve business process productivity. Whether it's integrated research environments in life sciences laboratories; complex business-to-business commercial transactions between services companies and oil and gas firms; or large-scale corporate integrations that support global enterprises, customers rely on Enterprise Enabler for data integration.

Stone Bond also offers an enterprise-level solution -- EE-LIMS™ -- which automates and captures best-practice workflows, and manages data capture and administrative activities for life sciences laboratories. The company entered the life sciences industry when approached by the Baylor College of Medicine to develop the application for their Microarray Core Facility. The company has since grown this single request into an entire line of business. Today, Stone Bond works with medical colleges and their associated laboratories across the country, including the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Cornell's Weill College of Medicine, to name just a few.

"Today virtually every organization requires software for making business and technical decisions," said Szabo. "Our business has evolved and serves many more industries that also face the difficult requirement of actually integrating data from multiple sources, including Salesforce.com, SAP, and multiple databases and spreadsheets. We make it far easier for executives to bridge the gap between information technology, business analysts and data, so they're equipped to make better-informed decisions for their organizations."

To enable better collaboration between departments in large organizations, the company's next-generation products will combine work flow with data integration to create new business process management capabilities that will include Software as a Service.

To hear first-hand about Stone Bond's technologies, visit The Planet Web site and see a new video that features CIO Pamela Szabo: http://www.theplanet.com/videos.aspx?video-tabs=5.

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 12 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. For additional information, visit http://www.theplanet.com.

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