The Planet Introduces Online Tool for Evaluating Hosting Options

Katie Evans

Five-minute survey provides simple decision path

HOUSTON, Feb. 9, 2009 – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced a new online tool that helps companies evaluate hosting options to determine which solution offers the precise requirements and budget for their businesses. The free, easy-to-use tool guides businesses through six questions that gauge hosting requirements: IT infrastructure size; server choices based on price vs. performance; platform preferences; management needs; SLA options; and budget. Upon completion, the survey provides hosting recommendations based on the respondent’s answers.

For example, a large organization with a mature IT staff and around-the-clock support may find colocation as the best option. By contrast, a small company with a limited team and fewer resources may find fully managed hosting as the best solution. For companies looking for dedicated servers, coupled with advanced services – from monitoring, security, backup and administration – the survey outlines specifics to meet those requirements.

“We’ve seen an uptick from non-traditional hosting customers grappling with options about how to reduce their IT infrastructure costs,” said Steve Kahan, vice president of marketing and product management for The Planet. “They’ve expressed interest in hosting, but aren’t sure which solutions are right for their business, and there’s clearly no one-size-fits all answer. In today’s difficult economic landscape, we want to offer an easy method to help customers guide their selections, so that’s why we created this new tool. Whether they need a single dedicated server, a complex hosted infrastructure that combines managed dedicated servers, premium colocation space or a fully managed hosting option, customers have the power to choose the solution that works best for their requirements.”

Companies interested in learning about the right hosting solutions for their business can access the tool by visiting http://www.theplanet.com/why-the-planet/ and clicking on the orange button that asks “Which solution is right for you?”

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 www.theplanet.com.


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