May 12, 2008

The Planet Upgrades Network Operations Center With Cisco-Certified Engineers

The Planet, the world's largest privately held dedicated hosting company, today announced upgrades and expansions in its Network Operations Center (NOC). All employees who work in the company's NOC are required to hold the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation, and the staff is now 100 percent certified. Every NOC technician has earned this complex designation, which tests the skills required to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot routed and switched networks. Many on the team have earned even more senior Cisco certifications.

Created by Cisco Systems Inc., CCNA is the industry-recognized standard of expertise for IT network professionals. The rigorous certification requires knowledge of core network functions, including the verification of remote sites in a Wide Area Network (WAN), knowledge of various network types and the basic mitigation of security threats. Additional skills tested include the implementation of Local Area Networks (LAN) and an understanding of wireless networking concepts.

"Customers tell us that they come to The Planet to host their IT infrastructures based on the quality of our network and our six world-class data centers," said Stan Barter, The Planet's Vice President of Network Operations. "The NOC is the nerve center for our company, and its primary role is to ensure the entire network infrastructure functions at its highest level of capability. Cisco is the recognized market leader in IT and network knowledge, so we certify each engineer to their standards, which offer an excellent career path for advancement in our company."

Currently, there are open positions in The Planet NOC for those with CCNA qualifications. For more information on careers at The Planet, visit

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 6.7 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses. For additional information, visit