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Egenera Delivers Industry-Leading Converged Infrastructure Solution With HP Technology

Egenera, Inc., an industry pioneer in open converged infrastructure and unified computing, today announced the general availability of Egenera PAN Manager Software on HP BladeSystem c-class server blades based on Intel processor technology. By integrating Egenera's most advanced release of PAN Manager Software with HP's market-leading server blades based on Intel Xeon multi-core processors and the Virtual Connect FlexFabric module, customers have an industry-leading solution that simplifies data center management. The solution gives customers greater agility and scale for server operations while reducing complexity, risk and costs. Capitalizing on the advantages of the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric module, the latest release of PAN Manager Software will offer a ten-fold increase in throughput for PAN Manager Software environments.

Egenera's announcement further demonstrates the company's commitment to provide heterogeneous management solutions that let enterprises choose hardware vendors when deploying converged infrastructure and unified computing solutions. The company's PAN Manager Software now supports HP, Fujitsu and Dell blade server platforms, as well as Egenera's own BladeFrame® offering.

Simplifying the Data Center

Complexity is an increasing problem in the data center. A proliferation of applications demand time, expertise and cost to manage. These challenges are solved by reducing physical hardware and converging management -- providing the agility and logical abstraction needed to simplify the data center. PAN Manager Software's proven technology coupled with HP BladeSystem and the Virtual Connect FlexFabric module reduces data center complexity while driving down costs and providing multi-tenancy, business-critical high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR).

"Businesses are dealing with IT sprawl and server virtualization has added a great deal of complexity to the data center. Service providers and enterprises are looking for a way to simplify the deployment and management of infrastructure required to support converged infrastructure," said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera. "The Egenera PAN Manager Software for HP BladeSystem solution allows the customer to more easily deploy assets, systems and applications, making them all highly available and ensuring reliable, automated disaster recovery."

A longtime customer of Egenera, Koichi Suzuki, senior executive managing director at Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd. (the research arm of Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.) said, "Daiwa has relied on PAN Manager Software to provide simple, reliable platforms for our business critical operations. Daiwa welcomes the advancement of PAN Manager Software to utilize the industry leading HP BladeSystem Virtual Connect technology and believes this platform will provide a foundation for private cloud deployments for Daiwa and our clients in the future."

Ensuring High Availability and Reliability for Business Critical Apps

Egenera advances the PAN Manager Software architecture by leveraging the capabilities of HP's Virtual Connect FlexFabric module to deliver a reliable, enterprise-class platform specifically designed for business-critical applications. This includes applications used in the financial
services, health care, government and service provider industries. The powerful converged infrastructure solution enables setup, provisioning and dynamic adaptation of complex network, storage and server resources in minutes to support applications where business continuity is required. The solution is also ideal for multi-tenancy environments and high throughput workloads such as video-on-demand or high-frequency trading. HP's Virtual Connect technology can dramatically improve IT resilience, responsiveness, and availability to increase an enterprise customer's business competitive stance.

"Today's fast-growing organizations face increasing complexity in their data centers which drives up costs, limits flexibility and can cause management challenges," said Janice Zdankus, vice president, Solution Enablement, Industry Standard Servers & Software at HP. "Together with the industry-leading HP BladeSystem, the Egenera solution will enable businesses to create a dynamic, flexible and agile pool of compute resources that can be easily accessed on the fly to meet rapidly changing business requirements."

"By utilizing Intel server processers in the Egenera PAN Manager Software for HP BladeSystem solution, the companies are able to deliver enhanced performance for data-intensive business applications," said Dylan Larson, director of Server Microprocessor Marketing at Intel. "Intel's Xeon multi-core processors enable customers to optimize and scale computing environments to maximize server utilization to workload, while providing headroom for growth." 

Flexible Computing Platform

PAN Manager Software delivers a highly available and flexible computing platform that eliminates the need to dedicate servers to applications. Egenera PAN Manager Software for HP BladeSystem delivers the highest performance, most flexible platform ever released by Egenera. As a result, Egenera's solution speeds adoption, enabling customers to build computing blocks with far fewer point-software components. With Egenera PAN Manager Software for HP BladeSystem, customers can now measurably simplify operations by creating a single resource pool and management tool for both physical and virtual servers, resulting in rapid response to organizational changes.

"Egenera has long held a heterogeneous platform strategy, and the addition of HP -- a market leader in the blade space -- is beneficial to enterprises who want open converged infrastructure solutions that let them choose their preferred hardware vendors and software applications," said Jed Scaramella, research manager at IDC. "Furthermore, these companies are offering a sophisticated combined solution for markets requiring enterprise-class high performance, high availability and disaster recovery for business critical applications. This offering can be a win-win for the marketplace and should be well received."

Egenera PAN Manager Software for HP BladeSystem with the Virtual Connect FlexFabric module is immediately available for purchase. For more information about the solution, contact Egenera or one the company's Certified Business Partners.

Published Thursday, April 07, 2011 5:48 AM by David Marshall
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