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August 29, 2011 08:47 ET

Bluelock Introduces Bluelock Portfolio™

First Cloud-Aware Decision Support Tool Enables Customers to Truly Understand the Cost of IT, Helping to Make Fast, Effective Decisions and Avoid Unnecessary Spending

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - VMworld 2011 -- Bluelock, a certified VMware vCloud® Datacenter provider of Virtual Datacenters hosted in the public cloud, today announced the availability of Bluelock Portfolio™, the first cloud-aware decision support tool. Bluelock Portfolio offers customers deeper visibility into the true cost of IT resources; enabling them to adjust their Virtual Datacenters to better align utilization with spending. Bluelock is offering a demonstration of Bluelock Portfolio at booth 1407.

Providing deeper visibility into applications, Bluelock Portfolio enables customers to break down their cloud costs by region, site location, line of business, application or even by Virtual Datacenter. Users can identify which business units, applications or technology components are consuming the largest amounts of their budget or bill and quickly pinpoint spending trends and outliers so they can help educate their team about what is really happening in their environment and the impact of specific behaviors. Over-provisioned applications and potential overages can also be identified, enabling users to work with Bluelock Client Support or take immediate action from within Bluelock Portfolio by clicking through to the self-service portal powered by VMware vCloud® Director. In VMware vCloud Director, users can quickly turn up or down the amount of resources inside their Virtual Datacenter.

"While cloud computing continues to deliver on the promise of enabling businesses to be more agile, today's information workers face increasing pressure to deliver the most value for every dollar spent on technology," said Pat O'Day, chief technology officer, Bluelock. "While helpful, this new, more agile infrastructure comes with a cost that can quickly spin out of control if left unchecked. With effective visibility and control, spending and utilization are easily aligned. Bluelock Portfolio is designed to deliver on this promise, enabling users to make fast, effective decisions and wrench the most value out of the cloud."

"As more organizations begin to adopt public cloud computing, the ability to see levels of infrastructure consumption is increasingly important to understanding and managing the true costs of IT, " said Kyle Hilgendorf, principal research analyst, Gartner. "Organizations will be looking for better ways to automate processes and access useful data for managing their infrastructure as cloud usage increases."

"This client portal is a game-changer," said Joel Kozikowski, chief technology officer, Lighthouse Practice Management Group. "Bluelock Portfolio offers a unique view into our total cloud investment with powerful graphs and charts that help us wrench more value out of our Bluelock Virtual Datacenters -- and better understand what areas are consuming our resources and dollars."

As a certified VMware vCloud Datacenter service provider, Bluelock delivers Virtual Datacenters hosted in the public cloud from multiple SAS-70 Type II certified datacenters and leverages industry leading technology from VMware. The VMware vCloud Infrastructure Suite consisting of VMware vSphere, vCloud Director and Chargeback allows Bluelock to build hybrid cloud environments that are completely compatible with 100 percent of VMware vSphere customers. This capability, combined with integrated technology from F5 Networks providing geolocation, load balancing, and availability services to help streamline application access in cloud environments, enables Global Connect services from Bluelock and VMware to be delivered worldwide.

Bluelock Portfolio is currently available. To learn more about Bluelock or its VMware vCloud Datacenter Service and features, please contact Bluelock at info@bluelock.com or visit www.bluelock.com.

About Bluelock
Bluelock is an award-winning provider of cloud hosting solutions for the enterprise. Hosted in the public cloud, Bluelock Virtual Datacenters help companies get started quickly and deal with the unknown, while delivering the freedom to change their minds as IT needs evolve. With SAS-70 Type II datacenters, Bluelock's VMware vCloud Datacenter Service provides world-class SLAs, guaranteeing enterprise level uptime. The organization prides itself in its engagement model driven by greater control, price visibility and personal service relationships. Bluelock is a long-term VMware service provider with a shared vision for cloud computing and was one of the first certified VMware vCloud Datacenter service providers. For more information, visit www.bluelock.com.

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