The Planet, from Hoster to Hoster & Cloud Provider

At the cloud computing expo in Santa Clara last week I was able to grab some time with Rob Walters, director of product management at Houston-based The Planet.  Rob, who has an atypical Texas twang, talked to me about how The Planet has been dipping its toe in the cloud waters and how it is soon planning on taking the plunge.

Some of the topics Rob tackles:

  • The Planet began its foray into cloud computing over a year ago by partnering with Nirvanix and providing a storage cloud for back-up and archive.
  • They have spent the last 9 months working on a cloud compute offering which will launch in Q1.
  • The Planet will look to offer the cloud capabilities to their dedicated hosting customers.  They will use the concept of virtualization which these customers understand and appreciate to create an understanding of the cloud, a concept that these customers are still a little leery of.

Pau for now…

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