SOURCE: Egenera

Egenera

August 26, 2010 08:00 ET

Egenera's Unified Computing Products Certify on Citrix XenServer to Deliver Open, Converged Infrastructure Solutions

MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) - Egenera Inc. today announced that its PAN Manager® Software has been verified as Citrix Ready®. PAN Manager Software by Egenera® completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer®, providing customers confidence in joint solution compatibility. The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix.

The Egenera architecture -- one of the first converged infrastructure systems to be part of the Citrix Ready program -- is based on standard server, Ethernet, switch and storage arrays. When used with Citrix virtualization products, Egenera software provides an open alternative to other more tightly-integrated unified computing and converged infrastructure products, turning ordinary x86 blades, standard Ethernet and standard SANs into a simplified converged infrastructure system. By integrating I/O virtualization, networking and virtual storage technologies it provides a "wire-once" infrastructure, eliminating expensive hardware components and complex software integration.

When used in conjunction with Citrix XenServer, PAN Manager Software enables Citrix virtualized services -- as well as physical servers -- to provide an entire environment of integrated, highly available (HA) infrastructure that can deliver agility and business continuity for today's 24x7 business services.

"Egenera's inclusion in the Citrix Ready program only cements the need we are seeing in the marketplace for a compelling datacenter virtualization platform," said Lou Shipley, group vice president and general manager, XenServer Product Group, Citrix Systems, Inc. "Jointly we provide customers with a datacenter virtualization platform that can be leveraged to provide meaningful value in a multitude of different projects -- such as the platform for cloud computing and desktop virtualization projects with XenDesktop."

We like seeing simplicity of converged infrastructure and unified computing when they are combined with open architectures that permit vendor choice," said Albert Lee, Senior Analyst, Systems Management, Enterprise Management Associates. "And in this case it's an additional positive sign when vendors cooperate to ensure compatibility and stability in a converged system. This move will help alleviate concerns that the industry is headed toward lock-in."

"As a member of the Citrix Ready program, we are able to offer customers converged infrastructure solutions that combine PAN Manager with Citrix XenServer," said Pete Manca, Egenera's CEO. "The offering demonstrates our continued plans to work closely with trusted partners, through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem, and to deliver more open and customizable converged infrastructure products to the market."

With the Citrix Ready certification the more than 45,000 customers of XenServer can be confident that PAN Manager Software, the Dell PAN System, and the Egenera BladeFrame will work with Citrix XenServer to provide highly scalable and available environments for their server, cloud or desktop virtualization projects. 

About Egenera
Converge. Unify. Simplify.™ That's how Egenera converged infrastructure and unified computing solutions have been transforming data centers and service providers worldwide for over 10 years. The company's production-proven PAN Manager™ Software leverages powerful I/O virtualization and converged network fabric to deliver quantifiable value such as high availability, disaster recovery, operational agility, and cloud computing infrastructures. Egenera software and services guarantee simple wire-once, always-on, physical / virtual infrastructure automation on standard volume platforms with significant savings every time. Headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., Egenera has offices globally. For more information visit http://www.egenera.com, call +1-508-858-2600, or email info@egenera.com.

About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp, XenServer®, NetScaler® and GoToMeeting®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. The Citrix Ready program received the Alliance Excellence Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) for creating a strong community through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at www.citrix.com/citrixready. Reach Citrix ready using social media via the Citrix Ready blog site and Twitter.

Citrix®, Citrix Ready®, Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp, XenServer®, NetScaler® and GoToMeeting® are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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