SOURCE: Egenera


February 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Egenera Signs Channel Partnership With Data Connections

Egenera's Open Converged Infrastructure Products Bring Mission Critical VDI and Cloud Solutions to VAR's Customers

MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Egenera Inc. announced today a channel partnership with Data Connections, Inc., a North Carolina-based VAR and services provider of server management, data center optimization, virtual computing infrastructure and cloud computing services, infrastructure and consulting. The partnership enables Data Connections to integrate Egenera's PAN Manager software into Data Connections' data center and virtual desktop solutions, providing an integrated, tested and certified open converged infrastructure solution to its customer base.

Egenera's PAN Manager software leverages standard x86 blades, standard Ethernet components, and standard SANs to provide a flexible data center infrastructure with inherent high-availability (HA) /failover and disaster recovery (DR). The solution is simpler to install and use, and more reliable than traditional management, clustering and DR tools, and typically reduces total cost of ownership by 50% over alternatives. Egenera customers benefit from up to 75% fewer physical I/O and networking components, and have simplified their IT operations by as much as 95% compared to traditional point-products.

"We are excited to partner with Egenera in order to provide critical VDI and cloud solutions to our customers," said Fritz Menchinger, president of Data Connections. "Egenera's PAN Manager is a sophisticated unified computing solution that gives our customers choice -- enabling them to integrate with their platform and storage vendor of choice, while providing simplified IT operations and significant cost savings. This is an excellent opportunity for Data Connections to break into the converged infrastructure products market."

"We are pleased to have Data Connections join us in the Egenera Partner Network," said Jim Bandanza, COO at Egenera. "By integrating Egenera's PAN Manager software into their offering, Data Connections ensures its customers have the capabilities needed to create a flexible, policy-driven, highly-available and unified computing infrastructure with massive efficiencies and low total cost of ownership."

The Egenera Partner Network is a global partner program designed to help VARS, SIs and consultants address the market opportunity for converged infrastructure. The Network provides a full complement of training, technical and go-to market resources that enable partners to differentiate themselves while addressing the market requirement to manage virtual and physical servers.

About Data Connections, Inc.
Data Connections, Inc. was established in 1984 as a distributor of data communication equipment. Acquired in March 2007 from its founders Data Connections specializes in a variety of Data Center and Desktop solutions with a particular focus on power saving and efficient solutions.

Data Connections, Inc. has long been recognized as a leading VAR and Services Provider of Server Management, Wireless Infrastructure and Structured Cabling. Since the acquisition, the company has broadened its product line, service offerings and alliances to include solutions that extend the operational life of data centers, reduce energy consumption in the Data Center, and build new data centers. Its venture into the Desktop Virtualization space has been very rewarding and its expertise and product offerings in that area are growing. Along with its professional services, Data Connections is bringing to market the most powerful and scalable products available from the industry's leading manufacturers.

About Egenera
Converge. Unify. Simplify.™ That's how Egenera converged infrastructure and unified computing solutions have been transforming data centers and service providers worldwide for over 10 years. The company's production-proven PAN Manager™ Software leverages powerful I/O virtualization and converged network fabric to deliver quantifiable value such as high availability, disaster recovery, operational agility, and cloud computing infrastructures. Egenera software and services guarantee simple wire-once, always-on, physical / virtual infrastructure automation on standard volume platforms with significant savings every time. Headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., Egenera has offices globally. For more information visit, call +1-508-858-2600, or email

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