Since I used to own a dedicated server hosting company for 7 years, I figured I would provide a review on the dedicated server company I use today. I will give you a quick background on the hosting industry first. 10 years ago the choices were to have an individual website hosted at a hosting company on a server with many other sites or if you needed more control or space the other option was a colocation facility. Colocation is when you provide your own servers and the data center provided everything else (electric, bandwidth, support and basic data center infrastructure). Around 2001, the price of hardware started to drop enough where it was cost effective for a data center to provide the servers too. RackShack was the first company to provide sub $100 dedicated servers and took the industry by storm. Since then there were many companies to come, including my old company, and the industry has since consolidated. The Planet and RackShack, who changed their name to EV1 Servers, merged and is now The Planet.

The Planet provides everything that a small, medium and even large business could want. They rank number one for privately help web hosting companies and number four over 2.8 million web sites, plus they have over twenty two thousand customers. As for facilities, they have seven state-of-the-art data centers and 48,000 servers.

I have had as close to 100% up-time as you can have with them. They have redundant data centers and network operation centers that can operate from two cities. The Planet is on par with providing the same service large corporations receive without having to invest any significant amount of money. You will receive on demand IT services with a great support center called Orbit.

Dedicated servers is still a good choice over colocation because there is no investment required. Everything is on demand and your company can grow with your hosting provider.

The Planet delivers unmatched network speed and capacity, which eliminates bandwidth traffic jams and roadblocks to assure instantaneous response to your hosted servers and applications. By using multiple Tier 1 telecom providers including AT&T, NTT and AboveNet, along with numerous private peering arrangements, we provide more than 250 Gbps of transit and peering capacity. With network Points of Presences (POPs) in each of our data centers in Dallas, Houston and London along with dedicated POPs in Virginia and California, The Planet provides global reach and lower latency by removing network bottlenecks for your hosted servers.

Key Features of The Planet’s Global Network

* Fully redundant network architecture with no single points of failure
* Industry-leading network bandwidth capacity: 250+ gigabits/second
* Multiple layers of network security
* Centralized network monitoring in the Network Operations Center (NOC)
* Multiple concurrent, high-capacity Tier 1 bandwidth providers
* Network POPs across 5 cities and 2 continents
* Optional Content Delivery Network with 13 distribution nodes located in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia

The Planet owns and operates seven state-of-the-art, SAS 70 Type II audited data centers in Dallas and Houston, which provide the broadest array of hosting options, from colocation to fully managed hosting. In addition to their North America presence, The Planet has now expanded to a new London facility, which operates under the ISO 9000:2001 designation. This ensures that all operations provide the consistent high standards their customers require when entrusting their hosting requirements and servers.

In June, 2009, The Planet plans to make generally available a 167,000 square foot facility in north Dallas, Texas with 86,000 square feet reserved for colocation, to fill the growing needs of that market.

Each facility is equipped to handle any challenge based on these unique advantages:

* Secure data centers are monitored 24×7 to ensure servers are always safe
* Customers can be confident with N+1 power generator architecture
* They feature N+2 redundant data center HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems
* Advanced fire suppression systems ensure any fires are localized
* Preventive maintenance, performed regularly by highly trained personnel, meets or exceeds manufacturers recommended practices.
* The Planet is a member of the Uptime Institute, a prestigious knowledge consortium where global standards and best practices are created and delivered to maintain system uptime and availability

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