ThePlanet.com Opens Server Appliance Data Center Featuring The Cobalt RaQ Product Line

ThePlanet.com Opens Server Appliance Data Center Featuring The Cobalt RaQ Product Line

Business/Technology Editors

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 20, 2000

ThePlanet.com, a leading managed Web hosting service provider, today launched a server appliance data center dedicated exclusively for Cobalt RaQ(TM) products from Cobalt Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:COBT).

The PlanetCobalt data center gives ThePlanet.com the ability to offer dedicated Web hosting services and turnkey e-commerce solutions quickly and seamlessly to small- to medium-sized businesses.

“The opening of the PlanetCobalt data center is an exciting time for the server appliance industry and Cobalt Networks,” said Kelly Herrell, vice president of marketing, Cobalt Networks, Inc. “This event is yet another validation of how the service provider market is evolving and how the small business market is demanding affordability, reliability, and ease-of use that our server appliances provide. The Cobalt RaQ has generated a demand in the market space and ThePlanet.com has responded by opening the PlanetCobalt data center exclusively for the Cobalt RaQ product line,” said Herrell.

ThePlanet.com data centers are fully secure and custom designed. The PlanetCobalt data center is complete with redundant power, redundant air, full security, 24/7 NOC monitoring, and one of the best technical support staffs in the industry. Other features include multiple, load-balanced backbone connectivity, managed administrative services, and FM200 fire suppression. The PlanetCobalt data center will be located inside the Infomart in Dallas, Texas, one of the world’s premier locations for Internet related businesses.

“Two market leaders join forces to bring quick access to the best online tools currently available to the small- to-medium-sized business market,” said Lance Crosby, vice president of operations at ThePlanet.com. “The PlanetCobalt data center allows ThePlanet.com to offer developers, service providers, and small-to medium-sized businesses the reliability, affordability, and ease-of-use of Cobalt server appliances,” said Crosby.

The Cobalt RaQ server appliance is a rack mountable server optimized for service providers and businesses who require flexible, easy-to-manage Internet services, and Web hosting solutions. Pre-configured with the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, Sendmail, and FrontPage server extensions, Cobalt RaQ server appliances provide the core business services: Web publishing, email, and file transfer services, upon which developers and service providers can build their solutions.

For more information about ThePlanet.com’s PlanetCobalt data center, please visit PlanetCobalt.com or please call 800/377-6103.

About Cobalt Networks, Inc.

Cobalt Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:COBT) is a leading developer of server appliances and a provider of enabling technologies and applications for Active Server Pages (ASP). Cobalt server appliances and ASP software solution enable organizations to establish an online presence easily, cost effectively and reliably. Cobalt’s product lines — the Cobalt Qube, Cobalt Cache, Cobalt RaQ, Cobalt NASRaQ and Chili!Soft ASP — are used by businesses, Service Providers, and educational institutions for Internet and Web hosting services. Cobalt’s solutions are delivered through a global network of distributors, value-added resellers and Internet Service Providers. Founded in 1996, Cobalt Networks, Inc. (http://www.cobalt.com) is located in Mountain View, California — the heart of Silicon Valley — with offices in Bellevue, Washington, Columbus, Ohio and international offices in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.

About ThePlanet.com

ThePlanet.com (http://www.theplanet.com) provides advanced, complex web site hosting and managed services through its data center and co-location facilities at the Infomart in Dallas, Texas. ThePlanet.com provides hosting services for UNIX, Linux, and NT operating systems and specializes in database applications. ThePlanet.com’s web hosting services are both price-accessible to the smallest businesses and highly scalable, allowing for high volume hosting for the busiest of web sites. ThePlanet.com maintains strategic relationships with Cobalt, Intel, Sun Microsystems, InterNAP, and Storage Networks. For more information about ThePlanet.com, contact the company by e-mail at information@ThePlanet.com or by phone at 800/377-6103. ThePlanet.com is located at the Infomart at 1950 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 3048, Dallas, Texas 75207.

(c)2000 Cobalt Networks, Inc., the Cobalt logo, Cobalt Networks, Cube, Cobalt Qube, Qube, Cobalt RaQ, RaQ, Cobalt CacheRaQ, Cobalt NASRaQ, Cobalt StaQware and BlueLinQ are trademarks of Cobalt Networks, Inc. Other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Certain statements in this press release include forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different from expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with industry trends related to small- to medium-sized businesses, educational organizations, Internet service providers, application service providers, and the market acceptance of Cobalt’s products for those uses. Investors are advised to read Cobalt Networks’ Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of such risks and uncertainties as well as the other uncertainties and risks Cobalt Networks faces.

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