SOURCE: Scalent Systems

October 20, 2008 08:30 ET

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chooses Scalent Systems Software to Enable Multi-Use of Disaster Recovery Assets

Scalent V/OE Will Enable SEC to Transition Servers and Associated Network & Storage Connectivity Between Virtualized Test Use and "Bare-Metal" Production Use in Real-Time, Improving Utilization

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Scalent Systems, the leading provider of real-time management and automation software for large data centers, today announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has chosen Scalent Virtual Operating Environment (V/OE) software for use in its Disaster Recovery (DR) sites. Scalent V/OE will enable the SEC to transition servers and associated network and storage connectivity between virtualized test use and "bare-metal" production use in real-time, dramatically improving efficiency and asset utilization while maintaining reliability and reducing overall costs.

The SEC, like many of today's data center owners, faced escalating costs, security, and reaction-time challenges resulting in a lack of IT agility in the face of rapidly changing operational demands.

The SEC was facing immense expenditure to maintain both system test capabilities (QA Test infrastructure) and system backup capabilities (standby server infrastructure) because the physical and virtual machines, network, and storage connectivity couldn't be rapidly shifted between tasks.

If the SEC had followed the existing data center model, they would have had to maintain massive, unused DR asset capacity, while at the same time incurring additional costs to create sufficient test capacity.

Instead, the SEC chose Scalent V/OE software. Scalent's software is unique in that it enables data center operations owners to rapidly move full images and connectivity, across virtual or physical infrastructure, x86 or SPARC-based. Scalent V/OE can change entire systems of servers and associated topologies all without physical intervention.

"The SEC demands absolute reliability, so trading off between having infrastructure available for DR or test machines wouldn't be an option. What's unique is that by implementing Scalent software, the SEC can maintain the same reliability with greater efficiency, by enabling real-time repurposing of a single physical infrastructure," said George Crump, principal analyst, Storage Switzerland. "Scalent V/OE software thus plays a critical role in the SEC's strategy by allowing them to deploy entire multi-tier applications -- server software stacks and associated network topologies -- in a matter of minutes. They'll no longer need to re-image, re-cable, or re-configure to run production vs. test, different network connectivity, or bare-metal physical vs. virtual infrastructure, and that flexibility represents an immense advantage."

"Scalent blurs the line between physical and virtual, dedicated and transitory infrastructure, completely changing the data center management and automation landscape and bringing entirely new capabilities to today's companies," said Ben Linder, CEO of Scalent Systems. "Only Scalent lets organizations like the SEC swap different multi-tier production systems on the same machines and networks used for development and testing, irrespective of underlying physical or virtual infrastructure, in real-time."

About Scalent

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 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.

About SEC

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC oversees the key participants in the securities world, including securities exchanges, securities brokers and dealers, investment advisors, and mutual funds. Here the SEC is concerned primarily with promoting the disclosure of important market-related information, maintaining fair dealing, and protecting against fraud. Learn more at: http://www.sec.gov/index.htm.

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