SOURCE: Scalent Systems

October 13, 2008 08:30 ET

Scalent Systems Delivers Combined Virtual and Bare Metal Management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Scalent V/OE Management & Automation Software Delivers Rapid Physical/Virtual Transitions, Failover, and Real-Time Repurposing of Hardware Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Standalone or in Xen

DALLAS, TX and RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Scalent Systems, the leading provider of real-time management and automation software for large data centers, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Scalent support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Xen. The combined solution extends virtualization and data center automation beyond hypervisors, to bare metal servers, network and storage connectivity.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 provides IT managers unprecedented levels of operational flexibility, via a comprehensive suite of open source server applications and virtualization capabilities. Scalent V/OE enables IT managers to rapidly provision entire virtual or bare metal servers and associated storage and network topologies, yielding higher asset utilization and dramatically lower costs.

Scalent's software is unique in its ability to provide real time data center management, automation, and virtualization across physical and virtual servers, networks, and storage. Highly complementary to Red Hat's Linux Automation efforts, the Scalent V/OE software enables data centers to react in real-time to changing business needs by shifting workloads and connectivity.

The result: data centers can transition between different configurations -- or from bare metal to live, connected servers -- in five minutes or less, without physical intervention.

"Red Hat's advanced technologies for availability, flexibility, security and performance make it a great platform for our joint customers," said Chandy Nilakantan, Chief Technology Officer, Scalent Systems. "Scalent's management & automation software enables customers to take full advantage of Red Hat's capabilities, transparently shifting workloads back and forth between bare metal physical and virtual operating systems, with associated network and storage connectivity."

"Scalent's ability to deliver transparent provisioning and re-deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on bare metal physical and virtual servers, as well as associated network connectivity and storage access in real-time make it a natural fit for management and automation of mixed physical and virtual Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 environments," said Brian Stevens, CTO, Red Hat. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 provides customers with enhanced availability, flexibility, security and performance, substantially reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise-class virtualization and application transportability. Scalent V/OE support will leverage those capabilities, providing a level of bare metal server and connectivity management complementary to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Linux Automation."

Scalent's software complements Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Linux Automation capabilities by delivering fully transparent management & automation of software workloads and connectivity across bare metal and virtual environments, including:

--  Simple, transparent deployment, automation, and management of both
    virtual and physical servers, network connectivity and storage access;
    
--  Cost-effective high availability and server failover solutions,
    through Scalent's N+1 technology leveraging existing IT assets;
    
--  Fully-automated disaster recovery across data centers, through
    Scalent's disaster recovery technology;
    
--  Creation of server pools that enable server rightsizing and
    scalability through dynamic repurposing; and
    
--  Effective chargeback capabilities, logical, secure partitioning, and
    named pools of resources for rapid change of operational lab or production
    environments.
    

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 60 offices spanning the globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for four consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

About Scalent Systems

Scalent Systems is the leading provider of Real-time Management and Automation software for virtual and physical infrastructure to 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 effectively "cloud control": 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. Learn more at http://www.scalent.com.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT and JBOSS are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the US and other countries.

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