SOURCE: Akimbi Systems

February 21, 2006 13:08 ET

Akimbi Systems Announces New Partnership With Networld, Japan's Premier Value-Added Distributor

Akimbi Expands Its Reach Through Japan's Leading Distributor of VMware Solutions

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 -- Akimbi Systems, the leader in Virtual Lab Automation Systems, today announced that it has forged a channel partner relationship with Networld, the largest distributor of VMware's solutions in Japan. As an Akimbi Authorized Distributor, Networld will market and resell Akimbi Slingshot, which enables Global 2000 corporations and packaged software and systems companies to automate and consolidate their software development test labs, streamlining processes and reducing capital expense.

"We are excited to launch our company and our product in the Japanese market and thrilled to have Japan's premier distributor on our extended team," said James Phillips, Akimbi Systems founder and CEO. "Virtualization technology adoption is on a rapid rise and the market is ripe for applications that leverage this underlying infrastructure. By joining with partners like Networld, we will greatly accelerate our ability to deliver powerful products that build on the power of virtualization and solve critical business problems for customers around the world."

By leveraging virtual machine technology from companies like VMware and Microsoft, Akimbi Slingshot helps software development organizations address a number of critical challenges, including:

--  server sprawl in the application development organization;
--  the overhead of manual, time-consuming test setup and provisioning;
--  the cost of system failures due to latent defects in software systems.
Akimbi Slingshot automates the rapid setup and teardown of complex configurations, and makes them available to users on a self-service basis, saving time and accelerating application development processes. With Akimbi Slingshot, organizations can pool and share servers, storage and network equipment resources, lowering the "server-to-staff ratio" and reducing capital expenditures.

About Networld

Networld Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the premier value-added technical distributor of network products, solutions and services. Its breadth and depth of service and expertise offers its customers industry-leading support as they build complex network solutions. Networld provides innovative solutions to increase its customers' profitability and competitive advantage, and focuses on the technology areas of IP backbone, data high availability, server-based computing and secure network. Regarding Virtual Infrastructure, Networld is the top distributor of VMware in Japan. Networld has sales, logistics, service offices and professional training center in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in Japan. For more information, visit

About Akimbi Systems

Akimbi Systems is the Virtual Lab Automation technology, product and market share leader. Since 2002, Akimbi technology has been a mission-critical infrastructure component within some of the world's most effective software development organizations. Over two dozen Global 2000 enterprises including Coldwater Creek, Experian, Intel, Juniper Networks, and Symantec have selected the Akimbi Slingshot™ Virtual Lab Automation System to power their Virtual Lab Automation initiatives. Akimbi is a privately held company and has received funding from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, Partech International and Stanford University. Strategic partners include VMware, Microsoft, PlateSpin and Mercury. For more information, visit

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