SOURCE: Virtual Iron Software

October 01, 2007 12:03 ET

Server Virtualization Solution Provider Hones in on Needs of Hosted Service Providers With New Research Survey

Respondents Automatically Entered for Chance to Win a New iPhone

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com), a provider of enterprise-class software for server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management, today launched a new research survey aimed at defining the emerging IT infrastructure needs of hosted service providers. The brief survey, available online here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Cpjf7jAFhNOAL7GtfQde6Q_3d_3d, focuses on the data center needs of hosted service providers and the potential role of server virtualization in their environments. To encourage participation, Virtual Iron is entering all respondents in a drawing for a new Apple iPhone.

Hosted services businesses have unique IT infrastructure requirements -- managing hundreds -- if not thousands -- of different customer environments. They need to cost-effectively deliver increasingly high service levels in a utility computing model. To be successful they must:

--  Share computing infrastructure across multiple customers while
    delivering all the security, isolation and performance of a dedicated
    environment.
--  Expand and differentiate service offerings while meeting stringent
    service level requirements.
--  Address problems associated with under-utilized capacity or under-
    sized hardware and manage hardware outages.
--  Simplify system management and reduce high operational costs caused by
    a complex data center infrastructure.
    
This survey examines hosted service providers' needs in these areas and the role server virtualization might play in addressing them by reducing data center operational costs, increasing management flexibility and improving service levels. Readers can access it at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Cpjf7jAFhNOAL7GtfQde6Q_3d_3d. Participants should be involved with at least one of the following business types:

--  Website hosting
--  Application hosting, software as a service
--  Outsourced servers (shared or dedicated environments)
    

Virtual Iron will publish the findings of these results and make them available for download at http://www.virtualiron.com at the conclusion of this project.

About The Survey Sponsor -- Virtual Iron Software, Inc.

Virtual Iron provides enterprise-class server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software that enables companies to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of managing and operating their data center. The software includes advanced capabilities that leverage industry standards, open source economics and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration and is available at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Virtual Iron works with a number of hosted solution providers in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. These organizations use the software for server consolidation; development and test optimization; cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery; dynamic capacity management; and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The software is available exclusively through Virtual Iron's Channel One partner network. Evaluation copies are available for free download at http://www.virtualiron.com/free. For more information, visit http://www.virtualiron.com or email info@virtualiron.com.

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