Sprint Sells DellHost to Vericenter

Sprint has sold its DellHost unit to Vericenter, DellHost customers were told Monday. DellHost is home to 21K active sites and 34K hostnames, housed on about 1,500 IP addresses.

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.

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Sun Discontinuing Cobalt Linux Servers

Sun Microsystems is phasing out Cobalt, the line of Linux-based hosting appliances it purchased for $2 billion at the height of the Internet boom. Sun has set an end-of-life date of Feb. 19 for its last remaining Cobalt product, the RaQ 550 server, but will continue to provide support and security updates for three years. The decision to discontinue Cobalt, announced Sept. 1, presents a challenge for numerous hosting companies that filled their racks with the distinctive blue server appliances.

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.

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U.S. Grants Trademark for Private Label Reseller

An affiliate of MCHost has trademarked the term "private label reseller plans" and is contacting hosting providers who use the phrase in their marketing.

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.

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The Planet Commits to Red Hat Enterprise

The Planet, one of the fastest-growing hosting providers, said Tuesday that it will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its hosting customers. The Dallas provider expects to deploy about 12,000 Linux-based servers for its customer base in the first year of the agreement, according to chief operating officer Lance Crosby.

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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