(Gawkwire.com) The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today launched Sand Castle, a program designed to eliminate technology costs, and help individuals and entrepreneurs with great ideas and visions. For one year, The Planet will provide one server to individual developers and entrepreneurs looking to develop new applications and products. The Sand Castle program includes up to 500 servers.

According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years, and hire 40 percent of high-tech workers, including scientists, engineers and computer programmers.

“While there are indicators of a turnaround, the economy cannot recover without job creation, and we continue to hear the recovery will not automatically mean new jobs,” said The Planet’s Chairman and CEO Douglas J. Erwin. “With eight data centers, we’re in a position to offer a single server to 500 individuals who want to start their own businesses. These 500 servers could create 500 jobs, and then we’ll have taken one small step to pay it forward and be part of the solution.

“We challenge other companies to think outside the box and create meaningful opportunities and incentives. If more companies follow this path, our collective contributions will help move the needle toward job creation,” Erwin concluded.

The Sand Castle Dell servers are equipped with Dual Xeon processors, a 146GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, 10Mb per second of unmetered bandwidth, and loaded with the CentOS 5 operating system.

Qualifying credentials are straightforward: Individuals simply outline their vision for a software application or Web-based design service. They must produce a new domain within six months of acceptance into the program and may not currently be a customer of The Planet.

The Planet encourages interested individuals and company to evaluate the Sand Castle project criteria and apply online at http://www.theplanet.com/sand-castle.

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