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Virtual Iron Joins Microsoft Interop Vendor Alliance
Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com), a provider of enterprise-class software for server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management, today announced it has joined the Interop Vendor Alliance, a community of software and hardware vendors working to enhance interoperability with Microsoft systems based on user feedback. Joining the Interop Vendor Alliance enables Virtual Iron to continue to improve the performance of its technologies and solutions in customers multi-vendor environments. Other alliance members include Citrix, EMC, Novell and Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft technologies and solutions are deployed in the vast majority of todays IT infrastructures. By participating in the Interop Vendor Alliance, Virtual Iron will continue to offer and develop server-based virtualization and management solutions that are integrated and interoperable with Microsoft technologies for optimum performance. Products are tested in a multi-vendor environment, making it easier to ensure interoperability. Joining the alliance will also allow Virtual Iron to publish joint evidence on how Virtual Iron and Microsoft are addressing interoperability.

Virtual Iron is an important addition to the Interop Vendor Alliance, said David Greschler, director of integrated virtualization strategy for Microsoft. Tighter integration with Microsoft technologies will provide our mutual customers with highly reliable and easy to implement solutions for server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management in their environments.

From a users perspective, the greater the interoperability, the better, said Stephen Bakerman, IT manager at Owen Bird, a law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. Like many organizations, we are running multiple Microsoft applications including SQL Server, Exchange and Office. Knowing that Virtual Iron is working with Microsoft and other members of the alliance to remove interoperability issues, gives us great confidence as we look to expand our deployment of virtualization and management.

Virtual Iron offers a comprehensive software platform with production-ready server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management capabilities at one-fifth the cost of comparable alternatives. The platform combines an open source hypervisor with advanced virtualization services and sophisticated policy-based management. Users are able to take full advantage of new hardwareassisted virtualization (Intel VT and AMD-V) on servers to deliver near native performance. The software also offers other enterprise-class capabilities such as large memory support (up to 96 GB), large SMP capabilities (up to 8 CPUs) and the ability to virtualize server platforms with up to 32 physical CPUs. Unlike other virtualization solutions, Virtual Iron requires no installation or management of software on physical servers, further simplifying installation and data center operations.

Currently, the vast majority of Virtual Iron customers are virtualizing Windows workloads in their data centers. The Virtual Iron platform supports or will support most Windows operating systems including Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Virtual Iron is also a charter licensee of Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format, which allows Virtual Iron users to easily patch, recover and manage their virtual servers across physical machines.

Virtual Iron continues to drive mainstream adoption of production-ready server virtualization and management, said Mike Grandinetti, chief marketing officer at Virtual Iron. By enhancing the interoperability of our solution with Microsoft systems, we are making it easier than ever for users of all sizes to take full advantage of our enterprise-class capabilities and performance.

Published Monday, August 13, 2007 9:42 PM by David Marshall
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