SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

February 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Cast Iron Systems Dominates Cloud Application Integration in 2009

Google, Microsoft, HP,, Dell, Amazon and Oracle Choose Speed, Simplicity, and Flexibility of Cast Iron Cloud Integration

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) - Cast Iron Systems, The #1 Cloud Integration Company, today announced that it closed fiscal year 2009 with momentous growth driven by major new channel brands and enterprise customers. Cast Iron reported its thirteenth consecutive quarter of growth and the most successful quarter in the company's history. In addition to new customers and partners, existing clients returned for even more products and services, while Cast Iron collaborated with established partners like on more deals than ever.

"Cast Iron first established itself as the leading cloud integration company with our success in the enterprise market. We've now extended that position to become the de facto standard by being the integration product of choice by the industry's mega-brands," said Ken Comée, CEO of Cast Iron Systems. "Customers and major channel partners alike credit the speed, simplicity, and flexibility of our integration products for their decision."

As one of the biggest names in technology, Dell is an excellent example of the caliber of companies that are choosing to partner with Cast Iron to turn integration into a strategic differentiator. Dell is one of an impressive list of mega-brands that have chosen Cast Iron to meet their customers' integration needs.

"As we talk to small and medium businesses, their biggest challenge when adopting new cloud-based applications is figuring out how to integrate them with existing applications. Cast Iron helps us solve this issue for customers by creating real-time, deep information connections," said Marc Stein, director of Small and Medium Business Cloud Strategy at Dell. "Dell Integration Services, powered by Cast Iron, provides the integration speed and flexibility customers demand to help drive productivity and efficiency."

Market leaders prefer Cast Iron's flexibility

"The hybrid model is here to stay," predicts Comée. "In 2010 and beyond, we will see the deployment of private clouds in large companies, while smaller organizations will continue to use public clouds. Moving some applications such as CRM and collaboration to the cloud will deliver strong business value, while other applications involving more sensitive and proprietary information will remain on premise until security, compliance, and governance issues are overcome in the minds of IT. The biggest names in the industry are working with Cast Iron to connect these worlds because, unlike the host of niche integration companies vying for the same accolade, we did not limit our product investment to one model or the other. With Cast Iron you get the best of both worlds and that's what really matters to IT and the mega-brands."

Cast Iron and HP Deliver Cloud Integration Services

In an on-going collaboration with HP, Cast Iron is offering integration services for companies looking to reduce costs by leveraging cloud-based applications. The associated marketing and sales program, which includes full training, is attracting many of HP's 25,000 value-added resellers (VARs) across the United States.

Cast Iron Integrates Salesforce CRM with the Enterprise

Using its template-based integration approach, the multi-tenant Cast Iron Cloud enables customers to rapidly synchronize sales and service data with a wide variety of cloud-based and internal systems. As one of's longest standing partners, Cast Iron provides the solutions that enable Salesforce CRM users to gain centralized visibility of their critical data, empowering them to focus on delivering a superior customer experience.

Cast Iron and Google Team on Secure Data Connector

The Cast Iron for Google Apps solution makes it easier for companies to integrate Google Apps and Google App Engine applications with other on-premise and cloud-based applications. Cast Iron for Google Apps provides everything customers need, including the Google Secure Data Connector, to initiate encrypted connections between Google's cloud offerings and the enterprise.

Cast Iron Teams with Microsoft to Deliver a Faster Way to Adopt the Windows Azure Platform

Cast Iron for the Windows Azure platform is a new solution that enables customers to quickly take advantage of the speed, simplicity, and cost effectiveness of Microsoft's cloud services. Cast Iron's preconfigured data migration and integration templates for Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Azure platform AppFabric allows hundreds of enterprise applications to expedite customer on-boarding.

Cast Iron Accelerates Data Migration and Application Integration to Amazon Web Services

Cast Iron is leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer customers a faster way to move enterprise applications to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The Cast Iron Cloud on Amazon EC2 enables customers to take advantage of the speed, reliability, and cost efficiency of Amazon EC2 within days. Cast Iron's preconfigured data migration and integration templates for hundreds of enterprise applications expedite customer on-boarding to AWS. The combination of Cast Iron and AWS gives customers the ability to benefit from cloud services as quickly as possible.

CIOs Choose Cast Iron

Westmont, the prestigious Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, California, is one of the first colleges in the United States to move key applications to the cloud. The college is teaming with Cast Iron to enable a secure two-way exchange of real-time information between Westmont's on-demand CRM solution and its core ERP system, which runs on the college's private network.

Westmont also plans to use Cast Iron's enterprise cloud integration platform to rapidly integrate many other cloud-based applications with existing data sources and also efficiently prototype ideas for additional cloud services. By moving appropriate services such as CRM, email, spam filtering, email storage, collaboration, and wireless management to the cloud, Westmont's IT team is freed to work on more strategic projects.

"Cast Iron is playing a key role in our overall cloud strategy," said Reed Sheard, vice president and CIO at Westmont, and the driving force behind the college's cloud-computing initiative. "Cast Iron integration lets us harness both cloud and network applications quickly and provides dynamic interaction with accurate, real-time data. We can determine which applications and data sources we want to integrate in a very granular way according to our business rules and objectives. The speed and flexibility of the Cast Iron solution give us a tremendous advantage."

Cast Iron Emerges as De facto Industry Standard for Cloud Integration

According to Comée, "By teaming with Cast Iron, the mega-brands have spoken loudly. They have proclaimed that going forward, the single greatest obstacle to cloud computing -- integration -- will no longer be an issue for their end customers. Rather than have their clients piece together point solutions from multiple niche integration vendors, the mega-brands have ensured that the simplicity, speed, and deployment flexibility that only comes with Cast Iron solutions, is available for all adopters of cloud computing."

About Cast Iron Systems

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is The #1 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, 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 applications with the rest of the enterprise and be in production in a matter of 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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