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Houston, Texas – (The Hosting News) – July 15, 2009 – IT hosting provider, The Planet, is participating at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference through July 16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, a collection of buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Steve Kahan, vice president of marketing and product management at The Planet’s noted, ”As a Microsoft Gold Certified See certification, we invite partners, customers and prospects to stop by either of The Planet’s locations to learn how they can leverage our hosting partner solutions and IT infrastructure to help their businesses grow.”

Conference attendees who stop by The Planet booth can enter to win one of two grand prizes. The first-place winner receives six months of free service on a Dell PowerEdge R710 server, complete with two 2.4 GHz Intel Nehalem processors and 6GB of RAM (a $2,940 value). The second-place prize is a free Storage Cloud account for six months, which includes 100GB of cloud storage Cloud storage (also known as Cloud computing or Cloud services) is a model of networked data storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on dedicated servers and 250GB of bandwidth (a $465 value).

The Planet will also host the IT Effectiveness Index ( at its booth, an online survey that lets small- and medium-size business owners see in real time how their IT system performance compares to industry peers. Microsoft is one of nine survey sponsors.

The Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft.

The IT Effectiveness Index is the first-ever benchmarking tool that measures the technology effectiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the world: Spearheaded by companies with a core interest in the SMB market, the survey provides insight and counsel for improving business processes and IT effectiveness. Members of the consortium include the following companies: HostSearch (; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw State University, commonly known as Kennesaw State, is a public, coeducational university and is part of the University System of Georgia. It is located in Kennesaw, an unincorporated community in Cobb County, Georgia, United States, approximately 20 miles north of (; Microsoft (; Nine Lives Media (; The Planet (; (; Small Business Trends (; SMB (1) Small to Medium-sized Business). Also called SME (small to medium-sized enterprise), it refers to companies that are larger than the small office/home office (SOHO), but not huge. Nation ( and Yankee Group (the Yankee Group, Boston, MA, A major market research, analysis and consulting firm founded in 1970 by Howard Anderson. It provides general consulting and strategic planning in the computer and communications field. (

The Planet’s goal is to deliver enterprise level hosting solutions that are readily available, affordable, and scalable. The Planet offers dedicated servers, co-location, Internet access, email and business continuance. Customers receive extreme value through offerings such as advanced security, proactive monitoring, database administration, data storage, load balancing, and virtual private networks, all managed through Orbit, The Planet’s customer portal.
The Planet’s Northstar Managed Hosting and data center colocation is 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.
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