SOURCE: Egenera

September 18, 2007 08:30 ET

RCM Chooses Egenera to Centralize Global Technology and Services

Disaster Recovery Solution Provides Unparalleled Ease of Management and Time-to-Recover

MARLBORO, MA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - Egenera Inc., the data center virtualization company, today announced that RCM Capital Management, a global asset management firm, has chosen Egenera® to centralize its global technology and services. RCM will run mission critical global trading, reporting, research, business intelligence and business information exchange systems on the Egenera® BladeFrame® supporting both Sun® Solaris™ and Microsoft® Windows®-based applications. With Egenera, RCM will effectively manage services in its offices in Frankfurt, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Sydney and Tokyo, and ensure high availability and disaster recovery for remote locations.

Ease of management was a crucial deciding factor for RCM while evaluating solutions from several vendors.

"The key criterion during the evaluation phase was ease of management. Additionally, we were assessing a number of intangible measurements including how easy it was to install the system and how quickly the staff could master the technology," said Jeff Wood, IT director, RCM Capital Management. "The results with Egenera were immediate and exceeded expectations right from the start.

"The first thing we noticed, and the most exciting feature, was how simple server management was using Egenera PAN Manager software. Everything from network, server and processor allocation could be managed all under one very easy to use interface. Our IT staff had the power to create virtual networks and servers immediately."

The Egenera architecture combines stateless, diskless processing blades with the unique Egenera® PAN Manager™ software -- the industry's most advanced virtualization software, now in its fifth generation -- to dramatically reduce data center complexity and deliver an agile, highly available infrastructure. PAN Manager replaces hardware infrastructure with software and eliminates manual, resource-intensive systems administration tasks through integrated automation. Rather than tie specific operating systems and applications to physical servers, PAN Manager creates pools of compute, storage and network resources that are dynamically allocated as needed.

Mission Disaster Recovery

Building a reliable, global disaster recovery solution was another critical business need for RCM. With Egenera, RCM was able to deploy a documented, tested and 100 percent repeatable DR solution designed to enable recovery in minutes, instead of days, and streamline DR processes and steps.

"Global DR for us needs to be as close to real time as possible," continued Wood. "We researched many different technologies in the past year in an attempt to find the right solution for us. We looked quite extensively at virtual machines and software-based replication technologies but nothing was as clean and effortless as the Egenera platform. Egenera was very attractive to us because they made the whole process seamless and automatic."

Egenera's disaster recovery technology simplifies and accelerates moving entire clusters of servers, including their storage and networking connections, to a remote site. Leveraging Egenera's patented Processing Area Network (PAN) architecture, clusters are reinstated within minutes at the new site, without any hardware configuration. A single back-up site can adopt the configuration of any number of primary sites completely on demand. This patented N+1 approach provides complete yet simple disaster recovery at the lowest cost, without the physical and management complexities typical of physical replication approaches.

Egenera Professional Services

RCM Capital Management engaged Egenera Professional Services (PS) to ensure quick and seamless implementation of the Egenera system.

"By working with Egenera Professional Services, the BladeFrame was up and running in a matter of weeks," said Wood. "The knowledge transfer that the PS team gave to our staff was phenomenal and within hours of the system being set up, our system administrators were using PAN Manager to define and manage servers. The staff was so excited with the capabilities of the BladeFrame that they got ahead of schedule, building more servers and going into more complicated areas like DR sooner than the time we had allotted. The entire process was much easier and more logical than we all anticipated."

About Egenera, Inc.

Egenera is a global leader in delivering data center virtualization solutions that reduce costs and complexity for enterprises and public sector agencies worldwide. The Egenera BladeFrame system virtualizes the data center with an innovative server architecture specifically designed to reduce complexity and enable IT to respond rapidly to business requirements. Market-leading enterprises around the world trust Egenera to run their most critical applications and achieve higher resource utilization, faster application time to market and lower total cost of ownership. Headquartered in Marlboro, Mass. Egenera has offices worldwide. For more information visit www.egenera.com, call 508-858-2600 or send email to info@egenera.com.

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