May 23, 2006 12:00 ET

Iris Wireless Deploys IBM BladeCenter to Speed and Expand Global Wireless Messaging

IBM Selected Over Dell for Multi-Year Technology Deal

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- IBM, the industry's leading blade vendor, today announced that Iris Wireless has selected the IBM BladeCenter platform over Dell to support and speed wireless messaging and advanced mobile data services to their clients around the world.

Iris Wireless was looking to strengthen its worldwide Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS) network, especially in the areas where they have a large presence such as in China and India. Iris Wireless facilitates the seamless exchange of MMS messages, sending photo, audio and video files wirelessly in milliseconds, and hopes to speed the processing time even more with their new IBM BladeCenter infrastructure.

The sun never sets in mobile communications, where a second of downtime results in lost traffic and unhappy customers, which is why the uptime and reliability of IBM BladeCenter are essential to Iris' 24/7 mission critical virtual environment in all parts of the world.

Iris Wireless selected IBM BladeCenter over Dell, which had previously been Iris' sole provider of blade technology. Iris is already seeing excellent performance and lower power consumption from the new IBM blades leading to energy cost savings.

In addition to BladeCenter blade servers running Linux, Iris Wireless selected IBM x336 servers to run firewall software and other elements in their network, and is managing their new infrastructure with IBM Director systems management software. Also included in the deal are entry-level IBM TotalStorage DS400 storage area network (SAN) storage arrays.

"No matter how big IBM is, they have not lost their entrepreneurial spirit," said Peter Rinfret, CEO of Iris Wireless. "Iris closed the contract with IBM last week and IBM Business Partner Datatrend Technologies delivered the servers within days."

"As a rapidly growing company with major telecom carriers as customers around the globe, we must be up to speed on the latest technology. Uptime and reliability is critical for us, our network just can't ever go down," continued Rinfret. "We see this as a first step in our new long-term technology relationship with IBM. We may be a young company, but these are big decisions for us because this business is mission-critical for our carriers. IBM and BladeCenter are providing us the technology and reliability that we must have."

"Small and medium businesses like Iris Wireless depend on their technology as a competitive advantage," said Doug Balog, vice president and business line executive, IBM BladeCenter. "IBM BladeCenter and its partner ecosystem provides industry-leading technology to help Iris Wireless support their own customers in the non-stop world of wireless communications."

Learn more about Iris Wireless and their selection of IBM BladeCenter by downloading a podcast with Iris Wireless CEO Peter Rinfret, available at:

About Iris Wireless

Iris Wireless is a global company that offers advanced mobile messaging and data applications that focus on mobile subscribers' daily communication use. Iris provides connectivity to over 530 wireless carriers and 1.8 billion mobile subscribers around the world and has clients that are the largest carriers in the world in high growth regions such as China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the United States, among others. Iris Wireless has its headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut with other locations in Tennessee, Texas, Hawaii, China, India, Panama, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. For more information, go to:

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