SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

April 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Cast Iron Systems Introduces New Integration Appliances Purpose-Built for SAP® Applications

Cast Iron Extends Its Integration Leadership to the Midmarket With Integration Appliances Specifically for SAP Applications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- Cast Iron Systems, the fastest growing integration appliance vendor, today introduced a new family of appliances -- iA2500-SP, iA3000-SP and iA3000HA-SP -- specifically designed for SAP applications. Having received integration certification by SAP America Inc., these appliances are the first in a new class of solutions capable of integrating SAP applications with other enterprise systems in just days, with no software to purchase, install or maintain.

Cast Iron's SAP application-specific appliances can rapidly migrate, synchronize and consolidate valuable data between SAP applications and other enterprise systems in real-time, ensuring a consistent and accurate experience across all channels and touch-points. Integration projects are accelerated because the need for software coding is eliminated through a "configuration, not coding" approach, and built-in technology is provided so the appliances come ready to connect SAP applications with CRM systems, databases, SaaS, custom applications and many more endpoints right out-of-the-box.

For Intuitive Surgical, a global leader in the emerging field of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, the need for a simple, cost-efficient way to integrate SAP applications with database applications led to the selection of the iA3000-SP.

"The Cast Iron Integration Appliance enabled us to easily connect our core database systems to SAP applications," said Steve Lucchesi, senior IT director for Intuitive Surgical. "The simplicity of the iA3000-SP allows us to focus our time and resources on completing IT projects rather than coping with middleware issues."

According to a December 2006 presentation by Gartner Inc., "Virtually every application is linked to one or more applications." In the presentation Gartner also stated, "More than 40 percent of large businesses will deploy a network appliance with some transformation, content-based routing, or security capability... Compared to custom integration, integration appliances can save money and accelerate the time to market for integration projects that involve common business processes." (1)

According to SAP executives at the annual SAP analyst meeting in Las Vegas, SAP is projected to increase its customer base from 35,000 to 100,000 customers by 2010. SAP plans on nearly tripling its customer base by focusing on the small-to-midsized market segments.

"Cast Iron is answering the demands of a booming SAP midmarket customer base with a cost-effective solution that is quick and easy to deploy," said Ram Gupta, president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems. "Companies want to realize the benefits of SAP applications as quickly as possible and Cast Iron is dedicated to removing the challenges of integration so they can do just that."

Cast Iron's SAP series consists of three appliances, including the entry-level iA2500-SP for connecting SAP to a single application or data source; the iA3000-SP, an enterprise solution for connecting SAP applications to multiple systems; and the iA3000HA-SP for high-availability applications. Each appliance offers a simple yet comprehensive set of configuration and management tools that enable companies to complete and maintain integration projects quickly and easily.

All three appliances are now generally available.

About Cast Iron System

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is the fastest growing integration appliance vendor. The company's flagship iA3000 application integration appliance garnered Network Computing's Product of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Customers include Allianz, Emerson, Intuitive Surgical, Lawson Software, salesforce.com and Toyota. Backed by leading venture capital firms, Cast Iron is privately held and led by experienced technology executives from PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, Vitria and webMethods. More information can be found at http://www.castiron.com.

Cast Iron Systems, the Cast Iron Systems' logo, Integrate in days, and Cast Iron Systems Integration Appliance are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cast Iron Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

1. Gartner, Inc., "And Now For the Other 80% of the World: Integration Appliances," by Frank Kenney, presented at Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit, December, 2006.