SOURCE: Appro International

June 20, 2005 09:00 ET

A Leading Institutional Brokerage Firm Increases Productivity and Security With Appro Blade PC Solution

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- Appro (, a leading developer of high-density, high-performance enterprise servers and Avocent Digital Desktops (, a pioneer in digital bus extension technology announces that a leading institutional brokerage firm, (CAPIS) Capital Institutional Services, Inc.(, has deployed the Appro Blade PC solution. By deploying the Appro Blade PC solution, CAPIS has increased IT efficiency by 66%. It has increased productivity by reducing trader downtime, desktop support cost and increasing asset security.

Prior to investing in a Blade PC solution, CAPIS transitioned from having individual workstations located under a trader's desk to centralizing machines in a controlled data center using KVM extenders. With workstations on the trading floor, the environmental demands created inherent problems that compromised system availability and performance. Off the floor and removed to a secure data center, the environmental concerns were alleviated. However, the solution was not designed for the graphics intensive applications used on the trading floor.

"Most back office computers and servers are designed for large storage 'tanks' or for fast processing operations," explained Wesley Wempner, assistant vice president for CAPIS technology/support. "What we needed for our trading department was high-end processor power coupled with intense graphics capabilities."

"The reason we chose the Appro/Avocent Blade PC solution was its winning design. It could successfully extend KVM while providing additional peripheral support away from the PC. At the same time, it decreased the amount of cable management required," said Wempner. "It also allowed the best scalability versus other solutions available in the market. The Blade PC solution is exceeding CAPIS' business needs by increasing efficiencies, delivering faster processing capabilities and better graphics while keeping the microprocessor and critical components in a secure, controlled environment."

"The Appro Blade PC solution represents a viable substitute for standard desktop PCs in enterprises that value tighter security, better optimized floor space and lower operating costs," said Daniel Kim, President and CEO of Appro. "Teaming up with Avocent Digital Desktops and Microsoft Windows family enables Appro HyperBlade server to take full advantage of the benefits of centralizing computing."

"In both high-performance and commercial computing markets, there is emerging interest to leverage the price/performance of commodity components across multiple application segments, including database, business intelligence and decision support," said Addison Snell, IDC Technical Computing Research Director. "Appro's strategic direction is to drive standards across all IT infrastructures by offering blades as the node of choice."

Appro will demonstrate its Blade PC solution at the SIA, Security Industry Association show at the Hilton New York Hotel, Appro booth #1770, June 21-23, 2005.

About Appro

Appro's headquarters is in Milpitas, CA. Appro has an R&D and manufacturing center in Asia and currently plans to expand its US presence. APPRO enables a variety of network computing applications by developing powerful, scalable, and reliable clusters, servers, storage subsystems and high-end workstations for the high-performance computing (HPC), Internet computing and cluster market.

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