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The Planet Scales With NetApp

HOUSTON -- The Planet, the worlds largest dedicated hosting provider, today expanded its private rack portfolio with the addition of storage area network (SAN) capabilities. The new storage solution from Network Appliance (NASDAQ:NTAP) provides The Planet’s customers with maximum data availability and protection, particularly for those whose businesses require critical online data repositories, including databases, media libraries, backup archives and e-mail.

Today’s announcement follows the company’s recent addition of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 Series Firewalls and Foundry ServerIronXL load balancers to its comprehensive private rack portfolio. For Web 2.0 companies and SaaS providers that operate complex hosting environments, the new products add enterprise-class capabilities and enhancements at attractive, self-managed pricing.

NetApp® FAS systems are the industry’s broadest family of compatible storage systems, offering unmatched business agility, superior application uptime and simplicity of management. By coupling high-performance storage with unique data management software, NetApp delivers increased availability of critical data and simplification of complex data management environments. In addition, these high-performance systems have a proven ability to continuously serve data at higher than 99.99% availability. With NetApp storage systems, customers can gain access to predictive technology that alerts the customer, The Planet, and NetApp to an impending support need. The combination of NetApp SyncMirror® software and RAID-DP™ technology provides maximum subsystem fault tolerance that exceeds most industry solutions, but with similar cost overhead and read-performance benefits.

“With the proliferation of e-commerce and e-mail, the data needs of our customers continue to explode,” said The Planet’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management Steve Kahan. “Our new storage options enable customers to gain the same enterprise capabilities usually available only to larger organizations. As a result, they are able to make faster decisions, better serve their own customers and continue to grow their businesses without the worry of IT management. For those who have outgrown the storage provided by local hard disks, the new NetApp storage solutions provide a powerful, affordable option.”

Network Appliance Inc.