cPanel & Plesk Merging: Future Prospects

Introduction

As per the new global update, it was announced that cPanel is changing its ownership which has been acquired by Oakley Capital, an investment group also in charge of Plesk. Oakley Capital acquired Plesk in May 2017, while Plesk in turn, acquired SolusVM which supplies software for VPS management, among other things. 

They are focusing on easing the common upgrade path from shared-customer to private cloud-customer. The new structure opens up the possibility of deploying lower density customer instances neglecting the need to buy a large multi-Account license. It defines the price of each license as based on the number of Accounts hosted on the server. By continuing to focus on the user experience and considering cPanel’s Account density per instance, cPanel customers will be able to provision their hosting infrastructure more efficiently. The customers with a lower cPanel Account density will also see improvement in performance, resource utilization and more than that a hike in the section of pricing. 

 

Official Publication

This acquisition was published on August 20th, 2018 and cPanel signed an agreement to be acquired by an association led by Oakley Capital (Oakley). The group also owns Plesk and SolusVM. In addition, this obtaining will prompt huge investment in new product and feature innovation which will lead to significant investment in new product and feature innovation and will bolster development in headcount in Houston, Texas, USA where cPanel will keep on being headquartered.

The original author of cPanel, John Nick Koston’s vision was to provide small companies with a way to compete with larger companies. This vision hasn’t changed, in reality, there is more need than any time in recent memory to provide this type of platform for small to medium sized hosting businesses to compete in a market that is very much complicated than ever. This transaction gives cPanel the ability to provide more of those resources to its customers than it has in the past.

 

Impact of Plesk and cPanel merging

As per the new impact of Plesk over cPanel, it has mainly caused a bombshell on its customers with a price hike for its services that has left some running for the door marked exit. Since the hardware is going to get better with this case, the charges will be increased in an effective manner. 

The pricing and licensing will now be standardized for all of our customers, be billed monthly, and include multiple Tiers. This can now run hundreds of websites on a single processor system. With this change, they align themselves with this growing technology. 

All monthly licenses will remain under the old structure until September 1st, at which time they will be automatically converted to the account based package that is most appropriate for that specific server. 

cPanel only has support for CentOS, CloudLinux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Amazon Linux. Plesk can deal with every one of them, but Amazon – and afterward it includes Debian, Ubuntu, and Windows Server.

 

New cPanel tiers

*cPanel Admin Cloud – Upto 5 accounts
*cPanel Pro Cloud – Upto 30 accounts
*cPanel Premier Cloud – Upto 100 accounts
*cPanel Premier Cloud Bulk Accounts – Each Account above 100 Accounts

License Types
*cPanel Premier Metal – Up to 100 Accounts
*cPanel Premier Metal Bulk Accounts – Each Account above 100 Accounts

 

Package details

A package is a combination of Account Tier (Admin, Pro, Premier) and License type (Metal or Cloud) that is generated according to what a customer selects as their cPanel offering. The Admin and Pro tiers are fixed implying that an upgrade process is required via the Store or in-product to move to a higher Account Tier. After upgrading to the Premier Tier, no further upgrades are needed to add additional accounts, and Bulk Accounts start when a server on a Premier Tier reaches 101 Accounts. 

 

Pricing details

Cloud Packages (formerly VPS) will be offered on all Account Tiers, while Metal (formerly Dedicated) packages will only be available on Premier. Below is an example of the new pricing Tiers and Account limits for each Tier.

 

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