SOURCE: Akorri


December 14, 2009 08:30 ET

SandRidge Energy Selects Akorri BalancePoint to Increase IT Efficiency

Company Will Look to BalancePoint to Reduce Troubleshooting and Improve Productivity With System-Wide Intelligence

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - Akorri, Inc., the leader in virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the dynamic data center, announced today that SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD), a rapidly growing independent natural gas and oil company concentrating in exploration, development and production activities, has selected the company's BalancePoint software to increase IT efficiency and save time by proactively preventing and resolving performance problems with its system-wide intelligence of the virtualized data center environment.

SandRidge deployed virtualization two years ago and has virtualized 60% of its application environment. Today, over 120 machines are running on nine physical hosts supported by NetApp storage. The complex environment made it challenging to troubleshoot performance problems using the existing element management tools. With BalancePoint's ability to automatically correlate data and analyze interdependencies between resources in heterogeneous, distributed environments, SandRidge will be able to use this tool to monitor the entire environment as a system.

"In the past, when there has been a performance problem we had to consult four different tools to resolve issues," said Cameron Han, Senior Systems Engineer at SandRidge Energy. "We gather data from each tool and manually correlate it to identify a timeline of events and hopefully pinpoint the issue. This often takes a few systems engineers and up to a day to comb through the data and find the 'needle in the haystack.' We look forward to having Akorri's BalancePoint increase our efficiency by doing this work for us, correlating and historically tracking the data.

"BalancePoint will give us a meaningful system-wide view of our server and storage environment, the majority of which is virtualized today," continued Han. "It is the only tool we found that can decipher our virtual machines, storage, and operating systems together. We like that it will proactively notify us of potential performance bottlenecks in our infrastructure."

"SandRidge Energy is an excellent example of an organization that had reaped rewards from virtualization, but needs a better way to manage and optimize its entire IT environment, with all of its virtual and physical server and storage components," said John Gavin, CEO and COO for Akorri. "We are confident that BalancePoint's infrastructure-wide management will quickly make a positive difference in SandRidge's IT efficiencies, helping them get greater ROI from their virtualized environment."

"Because of SandRidge's extensive amount of virtualization, we needed to provide them with a management solution that could reveal how all of their resources were being utilized," said Lee Kessinger, Account Executive at Advanced Systems Group (ASG). "We determined that Akorri's BalancePoint product was the best fit for SandRidge, both from a feature/function and price standpoint. After the initial evaluation period, SandRidge's IT staff agreed."

About Akorri BalancePoint

BalancePoint allows IT organizations to optimize virtual and physical server and storage infrastructure to reduce costs and assure service levels as companies advance through the stages of virtualization adoption and into private cloud computing. BalancePoint provides an infrastructure-wide analytical systems management solution that offers visibility and control to troubleshoot and assure performance, plan server and storage capacity, and manage service levels. BalancePoint is available as a virtual appliance, supports VMware vSphere, plugs into VMware vCenter and plans to support Microsoft Hyper-V and all other major hypervisor technologies. It interoperates with all the major storage vendors including EMC, HP, NetApp, IBM, Dell EqualLogic, Hitachi Data Systems, and 3PAR.

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About SandRidge Energy

SandRidge Energy, Inc. is a natural gas and crude oil company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with its principal focus on exploration and production. SandRidge and its subsidiaries also own and operate gas gathering and processing facilities and CO2 treating and transportation facilities and conduct marketing and tertiary oil recovery operations. In addition, Lariat Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SandRidge, owns and operates a drilling rig and related oil field services business. SandRidge focuses its exploration and production activities in West Texas, the Cotton Valley Trend in East Texas, the Gulf Coast, the Mid-Continent, and the Gulf of Mexico. SandRidge's internet address is

About Advanced Systems Group (ASG)

Since 1981, Advanced Systems Group (ASG) has provided complete Information Technology (IT) solutions including comprehensive consulting services, successful storage and data management solutions, assessments and implementation services. In particular, ASG focuses on customer needs, customizing unique solutions for companies and successfully addressing their particular IT challenges. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Advanced Systems Group (ASG) also has offices throughout the western and southern United States including Baton Rouge, Boise, Colorado Springs, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Tulsa. To learn more, visit

About Akorri

Akorri develops cross-domain analytical software solutions that optimize performance and utilization in the dynamic data center. BalancePoint virtual infrastructure management software provides automated, infrastructure-wide visibility and analysis to help enterprises fix problems, optimize utilization and improve performance for both virtual and physical servers and storage. IT organizations use BalancePoint to reduce IT infrastructure total cost of ownership and ultimately enable a service oriented infrastructure. Follow Akorri at For more information, visit

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