SiteGround Web Hosting Provider Selects The Planet Server Cloud

SiteGround web hosting provider has selected a new standard for its cloud offering from The Planet’s Server Cloud – 2010-08-02 – The Planet, the global web hosting leader, announced that SiteGround web hosting, one of its largest reseller partners has selected the company’s Server Cloud as the new standard for its cloud offering. According to SiteGround web hosting provider, The Planet Server Cloud uses the best virtualization technology on the market to deliver a service with outstanding reliability, redundancy and flexibility, which is suitable for business websites of all sizes.

“Server Cloud was expressly designed for our existing customers, with a platform that’s purpose-built for web-based businesses,” said Carl Meadows, senior product manager for Cloud Services with The Planet. “For resellers like SiteGround, their customers operate websites that depend on platform stability. They’ve got to be up and running around the clock, providing the performance guarantees that keep their customers coming back.”

“We were early beta participants in The Planet’s Server Cloud testing, which provided us with opportunities to offer feedback on the platform,” said Tenko Nikolov, CEO of SiteGround.  “Our customers rely on us to provide them with the best options to support their businesses, so we’ve thoroughly evaluated cloud options on the market. We were looking for pricing predictability and ample bandwidth allocations, in a no-surprises package for our customers. The Planet Server Cloud behaves like a dedicated server by guaranteeing our fair share of space, traffic and CPU, at a cheaper cost.  It’s great for small and big sites that want to cut costs while at the same time get a reliable service.”

About The Planet Server Cloud

The Planet Server Cloud provides a broad range of features for customers looking to expand their hosting profile:

Sun SAN Backend: The Planet Server Cloud is powered by a high-performance, high-availability Sun Storage Area Network (SAN). Many cloud solutions operate on local disks from the host server, leaving customers vulnerable to hardware failures that can result in down time and even data loss. Server Cloud is always available, since computing and storage resources are separate and independent. In the event of a complete host server failure, data is always protected.

Operating System Support: Customers can select operating system support from both Linux and Windows platforms, including Windows Server 2008 R2.

Next-Generation Virtualization: The Planet built its Server Cloud on the Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) Hypervisor, the primary platform supported by both The Linux Foundation and the top Linux distributions, including Canonical’s Ubuntu and Red Hat. KVM supports the latest virtualization technologies, including live migration, RAM de-duplication, para-virtualized storage and network capabilities, which combine stellar performance and efficiency. While other offerings require operating system (OS) modifications, KVM does not. Customers run unaltered/native versions of their chosen OS without any requirement for development modifications. As a result, they benefit from better security since new patches and updates are immediately available without the requirement for load development intervention.

Dedicated Resources: All resources for The Planet Server Cloud are 100% guaranteed. Customers receive completely dedicated CPU, RAM, storage and network capacity, which ensures performance isn’t negatively affected by another customer’s usage.

Enterprise-Grade Infrastructure: The Planet Server Cloud is powered by the latest technologies. From the Sun Microsystems SAN, to network gear supplied by Juniper and Cisco, and Dell servers equipped with Intel’s fast Nehalem processors, the company has developed this robust platform to be resilient under the most difficult loads.

Seamless, Rapid CPU, RAM Upgrades: Customers buy only what they require to get started and grow their performance seamlessly as demand expands. A single system reboot from the server host recognizes any added resources.

Managed Services: The Planet offers a full array of service upgrades, including managed server monitoring and remediation, server security management and managed backup.

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 18,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 12 million Web sites worldwide. Customers have the power to choose from the broadest range of hosting solutions in the industry, from dedicated servers, Managed Dedicated Servers, 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.

About SiteGround Web Hosting is a leading provider of web hosting services that hosts more than 250,000 domains worldwide. The company offers shared hosting, business hosting, reseller hosting, managed dedicated hosting solutions and cloud hosting. SiteGround offers a powerful system infrastructure and superior 24/7 technical support that guarantee reliability, uptime and quality of service. For more information about SiteGround

Web Hosting Talk and The Planet Benchmark Cloud Provider Performance – 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 ( 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.”