The Planet Unveils Colocation Facility Video

Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:13am EDT

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Demonstrates "Green" Chilled Water System
HOUSTON--(Business Wire)--
The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today launched a new video that
provides an in-depth view of its new North Dallas colocation facility. Planned
for an early June opening, the 86,000-square-foot facility - the company`s
eighth data center - accommodates the expansion of its existing Dallas
colocation services. Preleasing on the first 12,000 square feet is underway,
with several key accounts already committed for opening day. 

The new data center features N+1 cooling and power architectures, with
state-of-the-art, high-efficiency water-cooled chillers. The new "green" design,
which costs an additional $2 million to build, provides a planned return on
investment in 30 months. An equipment galley located outside of the actual data
center floor houses six large air-handling units and all chilled water piping.
The design, which provides twice the efficiency and uses half the energy of The
Planet`s existing data centers, eliminates the possibility of an interior water
leak since all water is located outside of the actual server room floor. The
company expects to achieve a 1.3 "co-efficiency of efficiency" ranking, which is
well below the 1.6 "ideal" rating recognized by the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Uptime Institute. 

"Customers interested in the specifics of our new colocation facility can take a
virtual tour of the data center floor to see the broad range of features we`ve
employed," said Marissa Bybee, colocation manager for The Planet. "With our SAS
70 Type-II audited facility and around-the-clock, multi-layer security, we`re
offering a state-of-the-art facility and green design that assures customers of
continuous uptime operations, all at highly competitive pricing." 

Colocation Capabilities

The Planet provides a broad range of colocation options, from dedicated locking
cabinets to private-cage rentals. The company`s colocation configurations and
service options offer customers the optimum solutions for their business, as
well as the flexibility to expand and scale as required. Among the options
customers can select from are the following: 

Locking Cabinets: In the highly secure storage environment, servers receive
proper cooling and power. The colocation cabinet provides the ideal solution for
small and growing server installations. 

Private Cages: Customers are offered the option of private cages that can be
built to their exact specifications, with maximum flexibility and the proper
secure environment. Private cages are ideal for customers who require multiple
cabinets and guaranteed floor space for future expansion. 

High-Speed Network Options: The Planet provides ultra high-speed network
connections through either direct network feeds or blended feeds using the
company`s world-class network. This enables customers to bypass the local loop
and tie directly into the Internet. 

Redundant Power: Customers can select redundant circuits as optional services in
The Planet`s current and new colocation facilities. Redundant circuits provide a
second circuit path that can mitigate the potential for power outages within the
cabinet or cage area. 

24x7x365 Access and Security: Backed by state-of-the-art physical on-site and
online security, customers can take advantage of both online and in-person
access with a wide range of self-service tools for reboots, monitoring and
bandwidth graphs. 

Remote Hands and Eyes Around the Clock: Every customer is provided with remote
hands and eyes services, which are available 24x7x365. Certified colocation
engineers can access equipment immediately to rapidly address emergency hands-on
needs when speed is critical, which minimizes technician visit costs. 

Advanced Services: The Planet offers customers the flexibility to add special
Advanced Services as required. Colocation Advanced Services modules --
monitoring, security and server administration -- conveniently supplement the
administration and maintenance of colocated equipment. Customers can create the
optimal management plan for their business to lower operational costs, and
improve the security and availability of their colocated environment. 

Professional Services: An experienced staff of certified engineers is available
to help with specific projects or tasks to troubleshoot or manage issues in the
colocated infrastructure. Services are billed on an hourly basis through a
service contract customized to each customer`s specific requirements. 

To view the new video, visit or contact the
Sales Department at 1-866-325-0045 to learn more about pre-leasing opportunities
for the new North Dallas colocation facility. 

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 16.9 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 

The Planet
Yvonne Donaldson, 281-714-3602
Catherine Leahy, 650-433-4150

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