SOURCE: Virtual Iron

December 15, 2008 08:48 ET

Virtualization 'Makes the Grade' for Virtual Iron Higher Education Customers

Jefferson Davis Community College, University of Pennsylvania and Others Address Operational, Academic and Research Computing Needs

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - Virtual Iron Software (, today announced higher education institutions such as Jefferson Davis Community College and the University of Pennsylvania have successfully deployed the company's virtualization software to address operational, academic and research computing requirements. By leveraging enterprise-class server virtualization and management capabilities, Virtual Iron's higher education customers can quickly streamline their IT infrastructure, reduce power and cooling costs and support business continuity and green computing efforts at a fraction of the cost of comparable offerings.

"Our team needed to control IT infrastructure expenses while ensuring key applications remained available and effective for our user base of human resources employees," said Chris Blickley, Manager of Information Technology for UPenn Human Resources. "With Virtual Iron we have been able to consolidate servers to not only save money on physical space, but also provide better system responsiveness and uptime. We are currently projecting a 37 percent savings on maintenance and upgrade costs alone."

Jefferson Davis Community College is another higher education customer that has reaped the benefits of virtualization. With a hybrid environment of Microsoft and open source software, the school needed a virtualization solution that could support both operating systems. By implementing Virtual Iron, Director of Technology and IS, Anthony Hardy was able to streamline support for the server environment and significantly increase usage at one third the cost of comparable offerings.

Additional customer success stories can be found at

"When cost is the enemy, as it is for the average IT department in the higher education market right now, server virtualization is one technology that allows them to serve their organizations more flexibly while reducing costs," said Ed Walsh, President and CEO of Virtual Iron. "By providing easy-to-use and easy-to-afford server virtualization solutions, Virtual Iron enables organizations to become more strategic in how they maximize IT resources and ensure business continuity."

About Virtual Iron Software, Inc. - True Server Virtualization for Everyone

Virtual Iron provides server virtualization software that reduces the cost and complexity of operating and managing IT infrastructure for organizations of all sizes. Leveraging industry standards, open source, and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration, Virtual Iron provides a complete and cost-effective solution including VI-Center, an intelligent virtual infrastructure management platform. Over 2,000 customer organizations worldwide leverage Virtual Iron today to support a broad range of data center initiatives including server consolidation, virtual server management, dev/test optimization, business continuity and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enablement. The software is available exclusively through Virtual Iron's Channel One partner network. Trial versions of the software are also available for free download at For more information, visit or e-mail

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