Web Hosting Talk and The Planet Benchmark Cloud Provider Performance

GreatResponder.com – 2010-07-22 – Hosting vendors The Planet and Web Hosting Talk have teamed up to develop a free, online tool that provides benchmarking data for cloud service providers. Bench the Cloud provides standardized performance metrics and direct comparisons of cloud or virtualized server platforms. Though co-developed, Web Hosting Talk, a Web hosting community of over 240,000 registered members,“owns” and manages the site.

Based on open-source test and measurement tools, Bench the Cloud evaluates cloud applications on three major criteria; CPU performance, disk-read and disk-write speed. Users can access an individualized dashboard with this data, and can sort and filter these criteria according to provider, virtualization status, total RAM and CPU cores. Users can also download the tool onto any Linux OS machine.

“We contributed real-world feedback into building this industry-first tool with Web Hosting Talk,” said Carl Meadows, senior product manager for cloud solutions at The Planet. “We’ve seen first-hand from our customers the time spent researching various cloud providers, and the amount of confusion and misinformation that exists in the marketplace. Our goal in participating is to provide additional value to customers by offering a quick, transparent view of the strengths, weaknesses and performance of solutions — a virtual ‘Consumer Reports’ for the cloud. Customers can now objectively compare solutions before purchase, and make their first pick the right one.”

It sounds like a great idea, but it’s likely to invite criticism from providers who may complain of “apples to oranges” comparisons, or who feel the metrics lack sufficient context to give customers a full appreciation of optimal cloud service or compute requirements. But provided the metric database is accurate and current, Bench the Cloud could serve as an excellent starting point for customers looking to the cloud, giving customers greater confidence in experimenting with these services, and helping them set realistic expectations. It could also spur adoption by giving the user community better insight into what these providers offer in terms of price vs. performance, enabling users to identify just the right compute service for a given price point, and mix and match offerings accordingly, instead of being locked into one provider or overpaying for unused resources.

New Three-Tiered Channel Program By The Planet Web Hosting Provider

The Planet web hosting firm has introduced its brand new “Partner Plus” plan, presenting industry-leading payment rates plus an entrée to an entrance having a variety of marketing and sales tools.

“As other hosting companies and colocation providers are cutting back their programs, The Planet is making significant investments in Partner Plus to build indirect sales and leverage the power of the channel to expand our market reach,” The Planet global sales vice president Tom Blair said in a statement. “Today marks a strategic expansion in our already-successful partner program.”

The Planet “Partner Plus” plan includes three aspect of partner models intended to fit most of business needs of its clients: Reseller Partners, Referral  Partners as well as Affiliates.

Reseller Partners buy services and products to resell to clients, using The Planet’s buying strength, by means of volume-based server discount.

Referral Partners make up to 20 % commissions with deal size and the total business referred to The Planet.

Lastly, the Affiliate class offer clients who link customers or website visitors to The Planet 100 percent of a referred customer’s first month’s bill.

The Planet opened its entire product portfolio to partners earlier this year, letting them earn commissions or server discounts on one of the broadest portfolios of products and services in the industry, including colocation, advanced services and dedicated hosting, all the way to fully managed hosting, virtualization and cloud services.

Blair concluded, “We set about to reshape the partner landscape, with the most lucrative and creative program in the industry, backed by a dream team of sales, technical and support personnel committed to partners’ success. I’ve been in the industry for more than 25 years, and this is the program I’ve always envisioned being able to offer.”

Tenko Nikolov, chief executive officer of web host and The Planet partner SiteGround (www.siteground.com) said its global customer base relies on the most cutting-edge reliability and connectivity solutions to operate their businesses. “Our business continues to grow, as does our relationship with The Planet,” Nikolov said in a statement. “Their commitment to customer support and attention to our requirements makes them an ideal partner for our company, and those are among the reasons we work with The Planet.”

New Three-Tiered Channel Program By The Planet Web Hosting Provider

The Planet web hosting firm has introduced its brand new “Partner Plus” plan, presenting industry-leading payment rates plus an entrée to an entrance having a variety of marketing and sales tools.

“As other hosting companies and colocation providers are cutting back their programs, The Planet is making significant investments in Partner Plus to build indirect sales and leverage the power of the channel to expand our market reach,” The Planet global sales vice president Tom Blair said in a statement. “Today marks a strategic expansion in our already-successful partner program.”

The Planet “Partner Plus” plan includes three aspect of partner models intended to fit most of business needs of its clients: Reseller Partners, Referral  Partners as well as Affiliates.

Reseller Partners buy services and products to resell to clients, using The Planet’s buying strength, by means of volume-based server discount.

Referral Partners make up to 20 % commissions with deal size and the total business referred to The Planet.

Lastly, the Affiliate class offer clients who link customers or website visitors to The Planet 100 percent of a referred customer’s first month’s bill.

The Planet opened its entire product portfolio to partners earlier this year, letting them earn commissions or server discounts on one of the broadest portfolios of products and services in the industry, including colocation, advanced services and dedicated hosting, all the way to fully managed hosting, virtualization and cloud services.

Blair concluded, “We set about to reshape the partner landscape, with the most lucrative and creative program in the industry, backed by a dream team of sales, technical and support personnel committed to partners’ success. I’ve been in the industry for more than 25 years, and this is the program I’ve always envisioned being able to offer.”

Tenko Nikolov, chief executive officer of web host and The Planet partner SiteGround (www.siteground.com) said its global customer base relies on the most cutting-edge reliability and connectivity solutions to operate their businesses. “Our business continues to grow, as does our relationship with The Planet,” Nikolov said in a statement. “Their commitment to customer support and attention to our requirements makes them an ideal partner for our company, and those are among the reasons we work with The Planet.”