SOURCE: Virtual Iron Software, Inc.

December 05, 2007 09:16 ET

Virtual Iron CEO to Address Storage Decisions Conference

Ed Walsh to Discuss the Impact of Server Virtualization on Users' Production Storage Environments

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - Virtual Iron Software ( president and CEO Ed Walsh will present at the Storage Decisions Conference taking place this week in San Francisco. The event provides practical insights for storage-focused IT professionals on designing and managing storage systems more efficiently and aligning storage operations with their organizations' strategic initiatives. Storage Decisions takes place Tuesday, December 4th through Thursday, December 6th at the Hilton San Francisco.

The benefits of server virtualization are very clear, but what's often overlooked is the impact it has on users' storage environments. While virtualization increases demand for storage, it also increases the complexity of the storage environment -- especially as users try to take server virtualization into production and to support advanced use cases like disaster recovery. Existing server virtualization solutions, whose architectures pre-date today's use cases, were not designed to work with shared storage and add additional layers of abstraction and complexity to storage environments. As a result, the value and performance of many storage solutions are being negated for users. Functionality is being duplicated, management tools are being impacted and scalability limited.

Walsh, who spent much of his career in the storage industry at EMC, Avamar and CNT, prior to coming to Virtual Iron, will speak about the impact of server virtualization on storage on Wednesday morning at the event. Virtual Iron will also be a feature exhibitor at the event in the Emerging Technology Showcase.

Users wrestle with putting their server virtualization solutions into production every day. They find solutions like VMware (based upon VMware's VMFS, a proprietary clustered file system) break all their storage infrastructure (backup, clustering, snapshots, CDP, replication and DR). Virtual Iron allows users to get all the benefits of server virtualization while leveraging their current storage infrastructure. Its platform delivers comprehensive server virtualization capabilities and enables customers to take full advantage of advanced storage server features such as thin provisioning, snap-shots, disaster recovery using storage server replication. It also supports all the policy-based management capabilities built on shared storage such as LiveCapacity® (automated load balancing), LiveRecovery™ (automated failover) and LiveMaintenance™. For more information, visit

About Virtual Iron Software, Inc.

Virtual Iron provides enterprise-class server virtualization solutions that are easy to use and easy to afford. The software enables companies to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of managing and operating their data center. It includes advanced capabilities that leverage industry standards, open source economics and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration. Small, medium and large organizations worldwide use Virtual Iron for production 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 For more information, visit or email

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