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Infinite Group, Inc. (IGI) Expands Virtualization Practice
Infinite Group, Inc. has expanded its Server Virtualization Practice by becoming a VMware Authorized Consulting (VAC) Partner with VMware. To achieve VAC status as a qualified virtualization solutions provider, IGI had to go through a process involving training, testing, and certification of our in-house staff, said Michael S. Smith, IGIs President and CEO. VMware is a leader in virtual infrastructure technology. VMwares 4 million users and over 20,000 corporate customers depend on VMware and its partners for solutions to their server consolidation, business continuity, improved software development and testing, and desktop manageability and security needs, said Mr. Smith. We are very excited about our new partnership with VMware and look forward to working with them as we develop this market. Server and desktop virtualization is a rapidly growing mainstream technology that offers significant growth opportunities, and we are well positioned in this market.

IGIs solution portfolio includes virtualization by both hardware and operating system emulation on systems large and small. As an example of that, IGI recently completed a virtualization project involving approximately 1,000 servers for a customer that owns one of the largest wide area networks in the country. Early success led to a follow-on project for that same customer involving an additional 1,600 servers currently under design. These are production level servers that IGI operates and manages post-virtualization. On the other side of the spectrum, IGI also offers planning and consulting services for smaller clients. We find that many clients want to install a virtual solution using in-house personnel, but their day-to-day tasks limit the time they can allocate to virtualization. By consulting with these clients, we can guide them through the design, installation, and migration processes while training them to operate the virtual environment, said Jim Frost, IGIs Chief Operating Officer. IGI recently received a task order to assist the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi with its virtualization plans.

Server Virtualization involves the creation, allocation, and management of virtual machines, which entails the virtual representation of hardware by a software system. What this means is that traditional physical servers, which typically run at only 5-15% of their capacity, can now be consolidated with the use of specialized software such as VMware to increase server utilization by a factor of ten to one or even greater. Reducing the number of physical machines required in a typical environment provides numerous and obvious benefits, including equipment cost savings, reduced operational maintenance costs, easier backup, higher availability and better security. Due to the substantial energy savings resulting from reduced infrastructure, virtualization is also a green technology.

IGI has offices in Pittsford, New York, Vienna, Virginia and Jackson, Mississippi. IGI provides business, program management and information technology services and systems support to government and commercial clients. Our work includes leading edge operations supporting complex programs in advanced computing environments (network services), wireless technology, human capital services, financial services, enterprise architecture and earned value management. We focus on aligning business processes with technology for delivery of solutions meeting our clients exact needs. For more information on IGI, please visit our website at www.us-igi.com.

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:46 AM by David Marshall
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