Posted by Mike Prettejohn in Around the Net
Vericenter, a Houston-based provider of managed hosting and colocation, had been in discussions with Sprint in recent months about purchasing as many as four of the telecom company's surplus data centers. The company was launched in 2000 and is headed by Roger Ramsey, previously the CEO of Allied Waste Industries and a co-founder of Browning-Ferris Industries. Vericenter expanded into the Dallas market in 2001, and acquired the assets of Solid Systems in mid-2002.
The number of sites on Cobalt has declined since August 2002, when it reached its peak of 3.1 million hostnames and 942K active sites. Our November hosting survey found Linux-Cobalt serving 871K hostnames and 527K active sites.
The application by SeekAmerica Networks, an affiliate of MCHost, was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Dec. 9, and provides SeekAmerica with protection for its use of the words "private label" in connection with reseller hosting plans. The approval is technically for a service mark, which offers trademark protection for a service rather than a product.
The Planet's commitment comes as hosting providers with large Red Hat Linux installations are assessing their options following licensing changes at Red Hat, which will discontinue support and security updates for Red Hat Linux in April 2004. The company hopes to steer business customers to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux product, which requires a $349 a year support subscription fee per licensed copy.
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