SWsoft Plesk 8.1 Software Delivers Platform Parity for Linux/Unix and Windows

December 5, 2006

Windows Version Includes Significant New Features and Functionality

HERNDON, Va., — December 5, 2006SWsoft, a recognized leader in server automation and virtualization software, today announced Plesk 8.1 for Linux/Unix and Plesk 8.1 for Windows control panel software.

The new software adds to the Windows version many of the features found in the Linux/Unix version, enabling hosting providers to offer comparable solutions to their customers on both platforms. Future versions of the software will be released simultaneously.

"Plesk 8.1 marks a major turning point for SWsoft and the hosting market by bringing the capabilities of the Linux/Unix version to the Windows platform," said Lorena Diaz, product manager, SWsoft. "After an intensive product development effort that included the SWsoft Community Technology Preview program, Plesk 8.1 delivers a high quality control panel solution with significantly enhanced customization and management capabilities for providers, resellers and end users."

What’s New in Plesk 8.1
Plesk 8.1 for Windows includes functionality — previously offered only with Plesk 8.0 for Linux/Unix - to significantly improve ease-of-use and system management for administrators and customers. Plesk 8.1 for Linux/Unix includes several important updates, including improvements to the custom desktop, new user-friendly news management features and support for Fedora Core 5.

Feature highlights include:

  • Plesk Desktop — Gives administrators and clients quick access to major management functions and immediate access to mission critical information and statistics.
  • Customizable Interface Templates — Enables administrators to customize templates that can be assigned to individual users.
  • Plesk Product News — Provides the latest news and information to Plesk users regarding major product updates and improvements.
  • Improved Virtuozzo Integration — Delivers seamless integration with Virtuozzo, allowing hosting providers to manage more customers more efficiently. Plesk 8.1 is optimized to operate within Virtuozzo, enabling users to host up to 15 percent more virtual environments per physical server.
  • Acronis True Image Server 9.1 — Comes integrated with Acronis True Image 9.1, making it faster and easier for administrators to back-up servers and perform system recovery without interrupting operations.
  • Autoinstaller V3 — Lets administrators deploy and upgrade multiple servers in an efficient, cost effective manner. The new architecture improves dependencies tracking and increases speed during installation to simplify support of new operating systems.

"SWsoft continues to set the standard for hosting automation and control panels with this latest release of Plesk," said Craig Rodenberg, vice president, Information Security, REDPLAID Managed Hosting. "By upgrading the Windows version to match the features and functionality of the Linux/Unix version, Plesk 8.1 gives us the opportunity to offer our customers the most advanced control panel solution for both platforms."

The improved integration of Plesk 8.1 with SWsoft Virtuozzo virtualization software supports SWsoft’s OPEN FUSION initiative to move all of its products to a common platform and advance integration among a wide range of systems, third party applications, and custom and in-house systems. Platform benefits include reduced time-to-market for service offerings, more automated and integrated systems with single sign-on and much more.

Plesk 8.1 is available now from SWsoft and its partners worldwide. The upgrade is available at no additional charge to existing customers with subscriptions or the SWsoft software update service. For information, visit www.swsoft.com/en/products/plesk/.

About SWsoft
SWsoft is a recognized leader in server automation and virtualization software. With more than 10,000 customers in over 100 countries, SWsoft's suite of award-winning products delivers proven performance, manageability and value. SWsoft is a high-growth company funded by Bessemer Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners and Intel Capital. For more information about SWsoft, visit www.swsoft.com.

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