The Planet Adds The Sant Corporation to Managed Hosting Platform : Sant Notes SAS 70 Type II Certification as Key Decision Criteria

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The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced that The Sant Corporation (http://www.santcorp.com) has selected Planet Northstar Managed Hosting to run its mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Sant provides software solutions that enable companies to increase their sales effectiveness through the production of persuasive proposals, RFP responses, presentations and related documents.

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Reliability, scalability and security are key for organizations whose customers rely on hosted applications

Sant customers span a broad range of vertical markets and include high-profile businesses in the telecommunications, financial services, banking, logistics, hardware and real estate industries.

"We offer clients two options for licensing our software," said William A. Geers, vice president of operations for Sant. "They can either install our applications behind their firewall or select our popular hosted option, which we offer through The Planet's data centers. Because many of our customers are in the financial services arena, SAS 70 compliance was also critical.

"When we announce a new product, long before it's generally available, we are able to conduct extensive alpha and beta testing cycles," Geers notes. "The Planet is a big part of that process. Since we set up beta sites for each individual customer, we want to control those environments. We know we can count on the stability of the environment at The Planet, which is one more thing we don't have to worry about. In fact, Planet Northstar has helped us improve our overall customer satisfaction, which is a priceless consideration in our business. The Planet Northstar account team takes a methodical approach to our business through its Anticipation Advantage Methodology and ensures that our systems are scalable. They clearly have a vested interest in our success."

"Reliability, scalability and security are key for organizations whose customers rely on hosted applications," said Steve Kahan, vice president of marketing and product management for The Planet. "The Planet Northstar dedicated account team evaluates business requirements upfront based on our Anticipation Advantage methodology. They have a full working knowledge of each company's business goals and processes before implementation even begins. With the designated account team available around-the-clock, customers can be assured their IT infrastructure is well managed."

Snapshot of The Sant Corporation

The Sant Corporation is the leading provider of software and expertise that improves sales effectiveness. Sant helps companies that provide value-based solutions win more business by accelerating the production of persuasive proposals, RFP responses, presentations and related documents. Businesses choose Sant to improve productivity, increase sales and deliver accurate, consistent sales documents for their customers.

"Creating proposals and RFP responses is often a complex process, particularly in light of today's competitive business environment," said Geers. "Our customers are in highly competitive industries, where the stakes are high. They come to Sant where we can help them clearly articulate their competitive differentiators with meaningful data that underscores they understand the industry and the requirements of the proposal."

CIOs in particular appreciate that the entire Sant Suite is accessed through a secure Internet browser without any requirement for installing software. Content can be accessed only by assigned and authorized users, which protects confidential data.

To hear first-hand about the experience of The Sant Corporation, please visit the Web site: http://www.theplanet.com/videos.aspx?video-tabs=2

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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