November 16, 2010 14:05 ET
Akorri BalancePoint Helps Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) Save on IT Purchases
BalancePoint Eliminates Guesswork Determining Infrastructure Needs to Optimize Performance in Fully Virtualized Data Center
LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - Akorri, Inc., the leader in virtualization and storage management for the dynamic data center, announced today that Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), the world's largest provider of diesel-electric locomotives and subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar company, has leveraged the company's award-winning BalancePoint software to optimize performance, utilization and capacity planning within its fully virtualized IT environment to enable a savings of up to $250,000 per year in avoiding unnecessary infrastructure purchases.
"In 2008 we committed ourselves to a fully virtualized IT environment, but as we virtualized we found we did not have full visibility and understanding of how our servers, storage, I/Os and processors were performing," said William Bradford, Global Application and Infrastructure Director at Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. "BalancePoint enabled us to balance our server loads across storage and squeeze out every bit of spare CPU so our system is totally optimized. And BalancePoint's robust capacity planning has saved us significant money, eliminating wasteful hardware purchases."
BalancePoint immediately allowed EMD to understand how its storage was being utilized, where the company had over and under allocated servers, where loads were growing, and where there were bottlenecks. The BalancePoint software provided predictive analysis on which servers were going to take up too much of a load, allowing EMD to reallocate resources before they hit maximum capacity. BalancePoint's capacity planning enabled EMD to eliminate guesswork in determining future infrastructure needs allowing the company to avoid unnecessary IT purchases. Moving forward, EMD plans on leveraging BalancePoint as it continues down the path of virtualizing servers and storage.
"We are pleased that EMD has benefited so tremendously from BalancePoint's industry-unique ability to optimize performance in the dynamic virtual data center," said Allan Wallack, CEO at Akorri. "EMD has joined a growing number of companies that realize managing the complexity of virtualized resources is critical to delivering the return on investment of virtualization. Traditional server and storage management software tools designed to manage static physical resources don't do the job. Only BalancePoint provides the infrastructure wide view and in-depth, predictive analysis to maintain and improve resource performance."
About BalancePoint Software
BalancePoint is the only analytics-based IT management software solution on the market designed to optimize performance and utilization of virtual machines, physical servers and storage resources. BalancePoint is agentless and available as a virtual appliance. It provides multi-vendor, heterogeneous support for hypervisors (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V), operating systems and storage. It supports all of the major storage vendors including EMC, HP, NetApp, IBM, Dell 3PAR, Dell EqualLogic, and Hitachi Data Systems.
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About Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive is a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation - a Caterpillar Company. As one of two original U.S. OEMs of diesel-electric locomotives, EMD designs, manufactures, and sells products for all commercial railroad applications, in more than 70 countries. The Company has produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base of diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. EMD offers aftermarket replacement parts, maintenance solutions, and value-added services for its locomotives. The Company is also a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based drilling rigs, and stationary power generation. www.EMDiesels.com.
Akorri develops cross-domain analytical software solutions that optimize performance and utilization in the dynamic data center. BalancePoint virtual infrastructure management software provides automated, infrastructure-wide visibility and analysis to help enterprises fix problems, optimize utilization and improve performance for both virtual and physical servers and storage. IT organizations use BalancePoint to reduce IT infrastructure total cost of ownership and ultimately enable a service oriented infrastructure. Follow Akorri at http://twitter.com/Akorri. For more information, visit www.akorri.com.
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