SOURCE: Akorri


October 20, 2009 09:00 ET

SNW Names Akorri Customer, Service Corporation International, as a Finalist for Its Fall 2009 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program

SCI Recognized by SNW for Excellence in Storage Technology

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Akorri, Inc., the leader in virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the dynamic data center, today announced that its customer Service Corporation International (SCI) (NYSE: SCI) has been selected by SNW (Storage Networking World) as a Finalist for its Fall 2009 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program.

SNW's "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage technology in the following categories:

--  Storage Resiliency, Data Protection and Recovery
--  Storage Virtualization and Cloud Computing
--  Planning, Designing and Building a Strategic Storage Infrastructure
--  Green Computing, Energy Efficiency and the Data Center
--  Technology Innovation and Promise

"Data and storage networking initiatives are more challenging and crucial then ever before and is still one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure," said Ellen Daly, senior vice president, events, IDG Enterprise. "The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in SNW's Fall 2009 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program have not only met these challenges but are the best of the best when it comes to deploying the most strategic applications and using it to their advantage."

SCI uses Akorri's BalancePoint virtual infrastructure management software to maximize the performance and value of its growing, dynamic virtualized infrastructure. Since leveraging BalancePoint within its environment, SCI has reaped significant benefits including faster troubleshooting/problem resolution, reduction in data center administration needs and costs, and improved justification of new technology equipment requirements and purchases.

"We are pleased that SNW acknowledged SCI's accomplishments in optimizing the performance of their virtualized environment. SCI used Akorri's BalancePoint software to help prove and justify the cost savings and technology needs along the road to virtualization," said John Gavin, CEO and COO of Akorri. "BalancePoint proved valuable for SCI in providing visibility into the back end of VMware and its impact on storage performance, helping to determine how to allocate drive usage to avoid overload. In fact, as a result of using BalancePoint, SCI was able to reduce administration costs by $400 thousand, and cut resources in half by moving from a 50-to-1 to a 300-to-1 servers-to-administrators ratio. BalancePoint's holistic, cross IT domain view of both virtual and physical server and storage infrastructure, combined with advanced visualization and analytics, helps companies truly maximize their move to a virtualized environment."

SNW's Fall 2009 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program is sponsored by Sun Microsystems.

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.

About Computerworld

For 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.

Computerworld's Web site and print publication have won more than 100 awards in the past five years alone. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1.2 million readers each week.

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About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events and research company. Since its founding in 1964, IDG has been committed to helping people trusted source for insight into the technology industry and its products around the world.

Over the past 45 years, IDG has grown into a multi-billion dollar company reaching technology audiences in more than 100 countries worldwide. In 2008, IDG had revenues of $3.2 billion and more than 13,000 employees worldwide.

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About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at

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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