The Planet Adds Enterprise-Class Storage to Private Rack Portfolio

Houston, TX - May 21, 2007 -- The Planet, the world's 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."

"Reliability, scalability, and simplified management are hallmarks of NetApp storage solutions," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at Network Appliance. "Customers want solutions that do not compromise their data or application availability. NetApp systems allow customers to confidently expand storage requirements within The Planet's private racks in a cost effective manner."

About The Planet's New Private Rack Storage
The Planet's new high-performance, highly scalable storage product adds additional options specifically geared to deliver exceptional value:

  • Speedy, Reliable Access: NetApp FAS storage operates faster than data stored on local disks, offering high throughput and fast response times that are required for transaction processing, database and technical applications.
  • Easily Scalable: The non-disruptive capacity expansion can be easily configured, managed and maintained. When additional storage is required, NetApp offers non-disruptive capacity expansion.
  • Fault-Tolerant Performance: With predictive technology that sends notices of an impending failure, warnings are sent to customers, The Planet and to its own automated systems, which guarantees parts replacement deliveries within four hours.

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 2.8 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses. For additional information, visit

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at

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