SOURCE: IBM CORPORATION

October 10, 2005 08:00 ET

IBM Delivers New Virtualization Technologies From Software to Systems

Company Extends Global Virtualization Leadership and Ecosystem With New Technologies and Partner Interoperability Program

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2005 -- IBM today announced new virtualization technology offerings and previewed upcoming technologies that extend the company's more than 30-year lead in the virtualization marketplace. The company also unveiled a new virtualization partner program for software companies to write applications on IBM virtualization technology.

The new Virtualization Engine™ offerings, ranging from tape storage to software "wizards," are designed to meet the needs of clients across multiple industries and enable them to use virtualization to dramatically lower the economics of IT and simplify the operation of a business. IBM also announced a virtualization partner program that enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to build solutions on IBM virtualization platforms to help reduce solution design time when multiple, tested building blocks have already been pre-tested.

"IBM's strength in the virtualization market is represented by the breadth and depth of our capabilities that enable us to virtualize nearly 80 percent of a client's technology infrastructure," said Kevin Leahy, Director, IBM Virtualization Engine. "Reducing technology complexity is a journey. With today's announcement, IBM simplifies the management of diverse systems for its customers, who are turning to IBM as the vendor with the most experience, sophisticated tools and the clearest virtualization roadmap."

Today's virtualization announcements include:

--  Virtualized Tape for Open Systems -- With today's announcement, IBM
    extends its leadership in virtualization for tape with a new offering for
    connection to UNIX and Intel servers. The new solution, called the IBM
    Virtualization Engine TS7510, is an integrated disk and tape solution that
    can help clients reduce the time it takes to backup and restore data, while
    achieving increased utilization of tape resources.
    
--  Availability of Wizard Virtualization Capabilities for UNIX servers --
    With the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM), IBM is simplifying p5
    systems virtualization deployment. Using the new wizard-driven, browser-
    based user interface, clients can create a MicroPartition ready for
    installation of either AIX 5L or Linux operating system with just three
    clicks of the mouse. IVM comes packaged at no additional cost with the
    optional purchase of Advanced POWER Virtualization on IBM's p5 servers. The
    Integrated Virtualization Manager is designed to dramatically reduce the
    complexity and time involved to setup and configure multiple partition
    environments, using IBM's Micro-Partitioning capabilities.
    
--  Availability of Systems Management Software -- IBM Director 5.10
    systems management software will become generally available October 26 for
    download by clients for all IBM xSeries and BladeCenter servers and in the
    fourth quarter for iSeries, pSeries System z9 and zSeries servers. IBM
    Director is an integrated suite of software management tools that provides
    a consistent, single point of control and automation for complex IT
    environments. At the end of October, the company also plans to announce the
    availability of Director to monitor and manage non-IBM Intel-compatible
    hardware, another industry first.
    
--  Plans for Enhanced Storage Virtualization Software -- IBM today also
    announced plans to deliver the latest release of its market leading storage
    virtualization software -- the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller,
    Version 3.1. This release supports up to four times more servers than the
    previous version, providing clients the ability to manage larger
    environments, and includes numerous updates to operating system and
    clustering software support. To provide even more flexibility and choice,
    SAN Volume Controller also provides customers with the choice of using the
    native copy functions of their supported disk arrays or using the SAN
    Volume Controller's copy functions.
    
--  Plans for xSeries virtualization switching -- IBM today announced
    plans to enhance virtualization capabilities in its xSeries server line
    with new IBM Advanced Cabling Technology (ACT) family of KVM switches that
    allow users to manage servers virtually. IBM ACT switches are built with
    Virtual Media support, which enables customers to install, upgrade and
    download software remotely through an Ethernet connection. IBM ACT switches
    are ideal for managing complex environments from a single point of control.
    
Today's delivery of virtualization capabilities is the next phase of IBM's commitment to deliver virtualization across its entire systems line of products. In July, IBM introduced the Virtualization Engine 2.0 as part of IBM's comprehensive Systems agenda.

"Ready For Virtualization" Program Provides Interoperability Solutions with ISVs

Underscoring IBM's focus on interoperability in multi-vendor environments, IBM today also announced the Virtualization Engine Family has launched a "Ready for Virtualization" program that allows independent software vendors (ISVs) to test and validate virtualization solutions on IBM's eServer platforms. The Ready for Virtualization program complements the Ready for Grid program announced last week. Through these programs, applications are tested with IBM virtualization technology to help identify interoperable solutions for customers. Already some ISVs have validated their solutions including eReplenishment, Pegasystems Inc. and StreamServe.

A complete description of "Ready For Virtualization" program can be found at www.ibm.com/partnerworld/isv/tech/validation/virtualization.

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