SWsoft Announces Availability of Plesk 7.5 for Windows Control Panel

February 23, 2005

Major Upgrade Offers Enhanced Interface, ASP.NET Starter Pack, Automated Key Update, Web-based Installation, Integrated SiteBuilder and Much More

Herndon, VA — February 23, 2005 – Today, SWsoft, the established leader in hosting automation and server virtualization software, launched Plesk 7.5 for Windows. Plesk for Windows is the control panel of choice for a broad array of US and international hosting providers that offer shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated and managed service offerings.

“Plesk 7.5 for Windows is by far the most integrated and flexible Windows control panel that SWsoft has developed to date,” said Travis Schaffner, CTO, FastServers.net. “SWsoft takes server management to a new level by providing expanded applications and tools that add significant new value to our dedicated Windows hosting business.”

“Our engineers have been working very hard to create the industry’s most powerful, reliable and easy-to-use control panel for the Windows platform,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO, SWsoft. “Plesk 7.5 for Windows delivers on this commitment by offering strong native support of Microsoft technologies and over 50 new useful capabilities including complete integration with SiteBuilder.”

“SWsoft continues to ensure high levels of Microsoft technology integration and support for hosting providers and their customers,” said Pascal Martin, general manager for Hosting Solutions at Microsoft Corp. “The new Plesk 7.5 for Windows is a perfect example with its advanced IIS, updated ASP.NET support, and many additional capabilities for Windows-based hosting.”

A Global Standard for Windows Control Panels
Windows hosting is the fastest-growing opportunity in the hosting market today. The unparalleled security, performance and completeness of Plesk 7.5 for Windows are complemented by a redesigned interface that provides the same look and feel as Windows XP for instant familiarity with users.

Plesk 7.5 for Windows is fully customizable and installs all applications necessary for offering and managing virtually any hosting service. Plesk provides a secure control panel that offers one-stop server management and includes a complete Application Vault with AntiSpam, AntiVirus, SiteBuilder, eCommerce, Firewall Management, Auto Update, Backup and more.

Important new features in Plesk 7.5 for Windows:

  • Retooled Plesk Interface – Redesigned cleaner and easier to use with new “XP Reloaded”, “XP Reloaded Compact”, “Agua”, and “Nature” skins and option for users to create their own skins and manage them in the browser-based interface.

  • Automated Key Update – Update your license directly from your Plesk software immediately upon upgrading. Administrators can receive the status of their license keys with the touch of a button and update them directly from the Plesk interface.

  • International Domain Names – Complete support for the International Domain Naming conventions and their characters. Plesk new UTF-8 interface redesign will fully recognize characters from any native language of the user’s choice.

  • ASP.NET Starter Pack – New ASP.NET Starter Pack includes the following ASP.NET customizable applications deployed through a wizard-like interface: Dynamic Portal, eCommerce Storefront, User Community, Data Reporting, Time Tracker and Resource Tracking.

  • Web-Based Installation – Download a small executable and required components, check for updated setup version, download setup file(s), run setup and optionally install updates.

  • Microsoft DNS Server Support – Ability to use Microsoft Native DNS server instead of Bind. Microsoft DNS is the default now, unless the user has specifically chosen to install and run Bind.

  • Web Server Manager – File Manager-like interface with the controls similar to IIS Manager capabilities (per-directory settings, creating virtual directories, changing default documents).

  • SiteBuilder – Attractive add-on option to install and use a powerful server solution for easily creating and managing websites with a browser-based WYSIWYG editor.

Pricing and Availability
Plesk 7.5 for Windows is currently available for purchase or lease at http://www.sw-soft.com/en/products/plesk75win/. Pricing starts as low as $99 for a single server purchase or $19.99/month for a single server lease.

About SWsoft
SWsoft is the recognized leader in automation and server virtualization software for hosting service companies, communications providers, and enterprises. The company powers more than 80,000 servers for customers in over 100 countries. SWsoft's products deliver industry-leading performance, stability and manageability for its customers to increase flexibility and utilization of their limited IT resources. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, with offices around the world; SWsoft is a privately held, profitable company, offering comprehensive solutions including: Plesk, Virtuozzo, PEM, HSPcomplete and SiteBuilder. For more information about SWsoft, visit www.sw-soft.com.

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