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Power Catalyst Re-Energizes With Virtualization, Disaster Recovery and Non-Disruptive Scalability via NEC Dynamic IT Infrastructure
NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, today announced that Power Catalyst has reduced costs, improved customer service levels, and achieved a 50 percent reduction in power consumption by deploying a scalable, virtual solution on NEC Dynamic IT Infrastructure products.

Power Catalyst manages wholesale energy data in competitive power markets. The company brings enterprise-level data management and business intelligence solutions to companies in the energy industry that make each of them more innovative, agile, and efficient than their vertically integrated predecessors. Power Catalyst's customers rely on the company to use first-class IT solutions to deliver leading-edge services.

Power Catalyst chose NEC's Dynamic IT Infrastructure to meet its needs for virtualization, reliability and power conservation. Working with nDataStor, an established NEC provider, Power Catalyst purchased and deployed NEC's D-Series SAN Storage and NEC Express5800/SIGMABLADE servers (2 chassis and 10 blades).

“Power Catalyst has shifted from an ad hoc, daisy-chained system to a fully dynamic IT infrastructure,” said Matt Neumark, IT Lead, Power Catalyst. “It has been reliable, and scalable, and we have more room to grow. If somebody were to call for a SAN and blade purchase, I’d point them to NEC. NEC has the feature set and value that nobody else can beat.”

NEC has been selling servers since 1959 and is among the top five storage vendors globally, so Neumark was confident the company could support him long-term. Ultimately, Neumark found NEC to have a robust feature set and superior value.

“Virtualization, consolidation and high availability can optimize IT efficiency and reduce OPEX,” said Karen Dutch, VP of marketing, IT Platform Group, NEC Corporation of America. “But without the foundation of a dynamic IT infrastructure that is scalable, resilient, and adaptable, organizations will never realize the full potential of these initiatives.”

Neumark was able to meet all of the requirements he and his management team outlined: high availability, optimized efficiency, performance, reduced footprint, a disaster recovery component, and controlling energy, space and people expenses. The IT department has taken advantage of virtualization on NEC VMware-certified servers and storage to evolve from hands-on, time-consuming management to better allocation of human resources.

“NEC and nDataStor gave Power Catalyst an enterprise solution that met all of our needs, and that we were able to quickly deploy as needed,” says Matt Neumark. “The system is dependable, efficient and scalable.”

NEC Express5800/SIGMABLADE servers and D-Series SAN storage are part of NEC's Dynamic IT Infrastructure – a solution that includes servers, storage, virtual desktop solutions, and system software that are smart, flexible, adaptive to change, scalable, resilient, and continuously evolving. Along with NEC's broad range of services – the NEC Dynamic IT Infrastructure provides an ideal platform for virtualization, consolidation and business continuity and is ideal for driving greater value and efficiencies in solutions for physical security, law enforcement, emergency response, travel and entertainment, education, high performance computing, and business. This type of infrastructure allows IT organizations to move forward confidently and meet changing and growing business needs in an efficient manner.

Published Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:00 PM by David Marshall
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