SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

November 17, 2009 13:15 ET

Cast Iron Accelerates Data Migration and Application Integration for the Windows Azure Platform

Cast Iron Integrates Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Azure Platform AppFabric Service Bus and Access Control With Hundreds of On-Premise Enterprise Applications

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2009) - Microsoft PDC Conference -- Cast Iron Systems, the #1 SaaS and Cloud Integration Company™, today announced that they are teaming with Microsoft Corp. to offer a solution that delivers customers a faster way to move enterprise applications to the Windows Azure platform. Cast Iron for Windows Azure is a new solution that enables customers to take advantage of the speed, simplicity, and cost effectiveness of cloud computing -- within days. Cast Iron's preconfigured data migration and integration templates for hundreds of enterprise applications expedite customer on-boarding. The combination of Cast Iron and Windows Azure gives customers the benefits of Microsoft's cloud services quickly.

"With Windows Azure, we're delivering a services platform for creating and delivering valuable Web applications and services," said Doug Hauger, general manager of Windows Azure at Microsoft Corp. "By combining the power of our platform with proven integration from Cast Iron, we are providing the simplicity and speed our customers and partners need to develop and deploy Windows Azure solutions that work together with their existing solutions."

Why Customers Choose Cast Iron

According to Ken Comée, CEO of Cast Iron Systems, "Cast Iron provides the essential tools companies need to rapidly on-board data and applications onto the Windows Azure platform. By providing preconfigured migration and integration templates, our solution eliminates the need to consume limited resources on writing custom code, using complex integration platforms, or acquiring deep middleware expertise."

CompWest Insurance Success in the Cloud

CompWest Insurance Company is unlike many workers' compensation insurance companies. They embrace injured workers as fellow human beings who need help. By believing that 'doing the right thing' is also good business, CompWest has built the company foundation on this commitment. Workers' Compensation with Care® is what differentiates CompWest as an organization in all areas -- superior claims handling, customer services, results delivery, and policyholder savings. They are rated 'A' (excellent) by AM Best Company and have the reinsurance support from the largest reinsurers in the world. CompWest has a long-standing relationship with Cast Iron and Microsoft.

"Combining the Microsoft platform with Cast Iron integration has expedited our adoption of cloud-based services, resulting in improved efficiency for our business," said Michael Knibbs, Director of IT at CompWest Insurance, Inc. "We use the Cast Iron solution to streamline our operations by integrating Microsoft applications, such as SQL databases and .Net applications, with other cloud services and on-premise enterprise systems. We will continue to use the Microsoft platform and Cast Iron integration to continue to exceed our clients' need for accurate, timely information and cost-effective services."

An Autobahn to the Cloud

"The launch of the Windows Azure platform is a tremendously significant event for any company looking to move their applications to the cloud," said Ken Comée, CEO of Cast Iron Systems. "Cast Iron for Windows Azure enables those companies to migrate their data and integrate their enterprise applications in just days and start realizing the compelling benefits of the Windows Azure platform immediately."

Attend the Joint Webinar

Cast Iron and Microsoft will conduct a joint webinar demonstrating Cast Iron migration and integration for Windows Azure on January 12, 2010 at 10:00 am PT. To register, please visit www.castiron.com/microsoft.

About Cast Iron Systems

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is the #1 SaaS and Cloud Integration Company™. Cast Iron has thousands of deployed customer integrations across all industries and around the world at companies such as Allianz, British American Tobacco (BAT), Amerisource Bergen, Emerson, IBA Molecular, Krueger International, Peet's Coffee & Tea, PGP Corporation, and salesforce.com, among many others. All are benefiting from the simplicity, speed, and flexibility of the Cast Iron Integration Solution, which enables them to integrate Cloud-based and SaaS applications with the rest of the enterprise in just days. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital. Cast Iron is privately held and led by experienced technology executives from Informatica, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Vitria, and webMethods.

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