Houston, Texas – (The Hosting News) – October 31, 2008 – Privately held dedicated web hosting company, The Planet, has debuted the launch of its direct attached storage (DAS), a new offering for dedicated and managed hosting customers requiring enhanced database performance and increased file storage capacity.
Rob Walters, General Manager of storage and data protection remarked, ”Web sites are the lifeblood of every company that operates an online business, so having a high-speed, highly available site is critical, especially during the upcoming holiday season. Our new DAS product provides online retailers — and SMBs of any kind — enhanced redundancy with clustering and failover capabilities. DAS is an affordable way to keep critical data protected, so companies can experience peace of mind any time of the year.”
The versatile DAS product, based on Dell’s MD series, is available in three configurations that can be used as primary storage or for backup and archiving. Users will experience improved performance and increased security, since each DAS unit is directly attached to the customer’s server. Its scalable design allows for daisy-chaining, so customers can add one or two additional DAS units to support up to 45TB of storage. Customers are also able to manage and monitor both their Dell servers and DAS devices through the Dell OpenManage management console.
The Planet DAS features a serial attached SCSI (SAS) architecture, which provides higher availability than traditional SCSI technology. It also outperforms SCSI devices, operating at 3Gbps.
The company offers DAS in three configurations to suit a wide range of business requirements. The Dell MD1000, priced at $300 per month and equipped with up to 15 drives, can be used for server expansion. The more robust MD3000 provides low-cost clustering and dual storage controllers for redundancy and failover. The MD3000 is available in a dual-controller/single-port option, priced at $500; and a dual-controller/dual-port configuration for maximum availability, priced at $650.
Recently, The Planet secured a new $45 million credit facility, as Wachovia Bank NA leads the transaction with $30 million, followed by Bank of America with $15 million.
Ultimately, The Planet’s goal is to provide:
- High levels of network capacity and speed to deliver peak performance
- Instant scalability to handle even the largest spikes in network traffic
- Parallel, redundant, multi-tiered network routing and switching architecture to assure reliability and stability
- Multiple layer network security that prevents Delayed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks from harming businesses
- Knowledgeable experts with a passion for excellence and a commitment to operate the best networks in the business
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small and medium size businesses and 12 million Web sites worldwide. The Planet Alpha division provides the widest array of self-managed dedicated servers and advanced services backed by 24x7x365 support. The Planet Northstar Managed Hosting division combines a proactive methodology and seasoned IT experts to deliver a fully managed hosting solution, with the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and an enterprise-class network.
To learn more about the new solution, please visit: www.planetalpha.com/hosting-products/storage-data-protection/direct-attached-storage/.
more about The Planet, please visit: www.theplanet.com.