SOURCE: Akorri

July 14, 2008 09:00 ET

FFVA Mutual Insurance Leverages Akorri BalancePoint Software for Proactive Management of Performance and Capacity in Virtualized Data Center

FFVA Says BalancePoint Acts as Communications Hub Across IT Disciplines to Manage and Optimize All Server, Storage and Database Resources

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Akorri, Inc., the leader in cross-domain performance management for the virtualized data center, today announced that FFVA Mutual Insurance Company, an A VIII (Excellent) A.M. Best rated workers compensation insurance company for all business segments in the Southeast, has begun using Akorri's BalancePoint software for proactively managing its virtualized data center infrastructure. FFVA Mutual Insurance is leveraging BalancePoint as a communications hub across IT disciplines for monitoring, analyzing and optimizing all resources within its data center to ensure their performance meets application needs.

"We had niche tools for managing particular elements within our infrastructure, but BalancePoint has provided us with critically-needed communication across all devices and IT domains, making it exponentially easier to find the root cause of performance issues, spot potential bottlenecks before they effect performance, and understand how much capacity is being utilized within server, storage and database resources," said Jim Calhoun, MIS Manager at FFVA Mutual Insurance Company.

"The complexity of our data center has grown as we've virtualized nearly all our servers, so we have been extremely pleased with what BalancePoint has done to simplify its management," continued Calhoun. "What used to take us weeks now takes hours or even minutes to decipher. Not only have we been able to proactively ward off poor performance, but also understand how much storage, memory and CPU is being used so we don't overspend on adding more. For example, BalancePoint keeps track of how many virtual servers we can add to our physical servers before performance is affected. No other tool provides this level of analysis."

After the first few days of installing Akorri's BalancePoint, FFVA was able to resolve a mysterious, intermittent, system wide performance hit that would occur at the same time each day. FFVA was able to correct the problem, a storage resource contention issue, and it hasn't returned.

"We are delighted to help FFVA Mutual Insurance Company simplify the management of its virtualized data center," said Tom Joyce, CEO of Akorri. "FFVA is similar to many companies who have embraced virtualization -- with its implementation they now need to a way to bring together detailed monitoring and analysis information across the entire physical and virtualized infrastructure to more easily spot potential performance pain points and plan for future capacity."

About FFVA Mutual Insurance Company

Established in 1956, the FFVA Self Insurers Fund evolved in 1996 into the present day FFVA Mutual Insurance Company. FFVA Mutual is an A VIII (Excellent) A.M. Best rated insurance company providing coverage to all business segments in the Southeast US including artisan contractors, manufacturers, retail/wholesale, and service operations. As a specialty insurance company, company focus is on controlling workers' compensation costs through a professional staff that is conversant in every facet of workers' compensation insurance. For more information, go to www.ffvamutual.com.

About Akorri

Akorri cross-domain performance management software with advanced analytics provides automated visibility and analysis across IT silos to help enterprises fix problems, optimize utilization, and improve performance in the virtualized data center. Akorri BalancePoint software provides visibility into the root cause of performance issues through deep drill down into server and storage resources, and the ability to understand both server and storage virtualization. BalancePoint enables IT organizations to optimize performance and capacity to meet service level objectives at the lowest possible cost. For more information, visit www.akorri.com.

Akorri, BalancePoint and the Akorri logo are trademarks of Akorri, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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