SOURCE: Scalent Systems

April 28, 2008 08:00 ET

ITS Group Integrates Scalent V/OE Infrastructure Virtualization Software

NANTERRE, FRANCE--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - ITS Group, a premier French consulting and infrastructure integration company, and Scalent Systems, the leading provider of Infrastructure Virtualization software for large data centers, today announced an agreement where ITS will resell and integrate Scalent V/OE (Virtual Operating Environment). This partnership enables ITS Group to broaden its technology solution portfolio and confirm its position as one of France's key integration companies specializing in the virtualization of data centers. The implementation of Infrastructure Virtualization in the data center results in a real-time infrastructure which dramatically lowers IT management and operational costs while increasing flexibility in the face of dynamic compute resource requirements.

The ITS Group's principal activities are to help large organizations to plan, develop, and maintain data centers that are fully optimized via virtualization technologies. In addition, the Group operates hosted data centers for its customers, including telecommunications equipment, databases, intranet and extranet applications, and help desk functions. Clients include France's major banks, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, distribution groups, and companies in other industries with large data centers.

"Scalent's server repurposing software will enable our customers to leverage existing IT assets to gain additional scale and flexibility in their data center," said Jean-Michel Bénard, CEO, ITS Group. "Integrating Scalent V/OE into the delivery of our technology services will help us deliver state-of-the-art virtualization solutions."

Scalent software enables data center managers to rapidly change entire systems and associated topologies, including which servers are running, what software is running on them, and how they're connected to network and storage. Scalent does this in real-time without requiring physical changes to the infrastructure. Scalent V/OE software enables customers to take their data centers from dead bare metal -- powered off hardware with no software installed -- to live, newly deployed or restored servers connected to network and storage in five minutes or less.

"The beauty of Scalent's infrastructure virtualization is that it decouples the underlying hardware platform from services running on it," said Andrew Duncan, SVP of Sales and Business Development, Scalent Systems. "Our solution creates software entities or 'personas' which encapsulate all the data that allows a server to run on available resources, but still connect to the appropriate storage and network topology."

Physical servers can boot "personas" according to a policy-based workflow, which means that servers can be repurposed in minutes without physical intervention, leading to increased efficiency and flexibility in the data center. Implementing Infrastructure virtualization projects requires a deep understanding of the many components within the data center, including servers, networking, and storage. ITS Group has developed a strong expertise in this space, and has invested in building a world-class team certified to implement and support Scalent V/OE.

About Scalent Systems

Scalent Systems is the leading provider of Infrastructure Virtualization software to large data centers worldwide. Scalent's software enables data centers to react to changing business needs by dynamically changing what servers are running and how those servers are connected to network and storage. The result is a real-time infrastructure, where data centers can transition between different configurations -- or from dead bare metal to live connected servers -- in five minutes or less, without physical intervention. Using Scalent software, companies have been able to implement cost-effective solutions while reducing server counts, simplifying manageability, and increasing reliability. Many of the Fortune 1000 companies rely on Scalent to support their success, having adopted the software as an integral part of their business continuity, QA test infrastructure automation, and IT operations. Scalent Systems is based in Palo Alto, with offices worldwide. Scalent's software is available globally both direct and through partners and resellers. For more details visit www.scalent.com or call 1-866-4-Scalent.

About ITS GROUP

ITS Group is a group of consultancy and expertise for a sustainable development of IT infrastructures. The group provides a comprehensive service offering to manage IT infrastructure (projects, integration and technical expertise, hosting) and consulting and development (business application expertise, web development and integration, training and support). In addition, ITS Group also offers security and identity management solutions as well as mobility solutions. ITS Group has developed this high added value service offering based on strong partnerships with major software vendors of the market (BMC Software, Business Objects, Computer Associates, Compuware, Falconstor, FAST, HP, IBM, Infovista, Lotus, Microsoft, Scalent, Symantec, TraderForce, VMWare) with the objective of giving IT users, a high level of availability, security and accessibility to their information systems. Based in Nanterre, near Paris, ITS Group has achieved in 2007 a turnover of 50.3 million euros and employs more than 600 staff. ITS Group is listed on Euronext-C Paris (ISIN: FR0000073843). For more details, visit www.itsgroup.fr.

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