The Planet Launches Virtual Rack Bundles : Pre-Configured Solutions Offer Scalability, Flexibility

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The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced the availability of its new Virtual Rack Solution Bundles, pre-configured solutions for environments with two or more servers. Available in three package types, the bundles feature tiered components designed to meet various business requirements, from basic to advanced. The solution is ideal for customers who require a scalable, flexible infrastructure to accommodate rapid growth.

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Many SMBs require the ability to grow their hosted environments quickly and easily, yet aren't sure where to start

Virtual Rack Solution Bundles are available in three configurations that simplify the purchasing process:

The Essential Bundle includes two powerful Intel quad-core servers and business-class load balancing, which are ideal for mission-critical applications. The Advanced Bundle features all the benefits of the Essential package, plus a RAID 1 database server with 15,000RPM SAS drives for fast database access. It includes advanced load balancing, which operates at three times the speed and capacity as the Essential Bundle. The Performance Bundle is The Planet's most robust solution. In addition to the benefits of the Advanced Bundle, this solution includes an additional quad-core Web server for a total of three servers, a fully managed and dedicated Cisco ASA 5510SP firewall, as well as a wide array of managed services, including server monitoring, security and backup. "Many SMBs require the ability to grow their hosted environments quickly and easily, yet aren't sure where to start," said Bryce Edwards, The Planet's general manager for complex infrastructure. "With our new Virtual Rack Solution Bundles, we've prepackaged three of our most popular virtual rack configurations, making it an easy choice to meet particular business requirements. All of our bundles feature drive-level redundancy, 1Gbps connection speed and bandwidth pooling, and customers receive additional value by taking advantage of low introductory pricing."

Through Dec. 31, The Planet is offering promotional pricing on its Virtual Rack Solution Bundles. The Essential Bundle is priced at $801.55 per month, regularly $943. The Advanced Bundle is available for $1,329.60 per month, a 20 percent savings. The Performance Bundle is $2,048.85 per month, discounted more than 25 percent. For more information, visit http://www.planetalpha.com/server-specials/.

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. For more information, please visit the Web site at http://www.planetalpha.com/private-racks/.

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. For additional information, visit http://www.theplanet.com.

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