SOURCE: VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc.

May 05, 2011 08:00 ET

VMware, Promedia Technology Services, Inc. and NJEDge.Net Work Together to Accelerate Virtualization Deployment for New Jersey Educational Institutions

Statewide Licensing Agreement Provides Academic and Research Institutions Access to the Benefits of Virtualization

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, and Promedia Technology Services, Inc. today announced the availability of a statewide licensing agreement with NJEDge.Net, a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, that will enable NJEDge members to purchase virtualization software and support services to easily access the benefits of virtualization at specialized rates. Promedia Technology Services and NJEDge set out to align this agreement with statewide initiatives around shared services and leveraging economies of scale in a time when fiscal responsibility is imperative.

The VMware Enterprise License Agreement includes access to VMware software products, Promedia Technology Services customized professional services package, an optional upgrade of existing software maintenance to Production Level (24x7) for participating members, and assurance that all new VMware products purchased will be paired with VMware Production Level support. NJEDge members will receive a discount on VMware products, which includes the initial group purchase. As the agreement is extended to new members, including K-12 schools, the cost savings across the state will be substantial.

In addition to driving cost savings associated with software licenses and support contracts, this agreement enables reduction of many of the costly operational inefficiencies and redundant procedures associated with traditional procurement models where each school must negotiate and manage its contracts independently. Through the establishment of a standardized process with predictable costs and streamlined administration of software licenses/support contracts, this agreement can save NJEDge members both time and money while allowing them to increase their responsiveness to the needs of the business and schools.

Participation in the NJEDge VMware Enterprise License Agreement requires institutional membership in NJEDge which is available to all educational and research facilities in the state of New Jersey.

Virtualization continues to rapidly transform the IT landscape and enable organizations to fundamentally change the way they compute. By virtualizing IT servers and desktops, New Jersey educational institutions may realize benefits such as improved operational efficiencies, decreased downtime, disaster recovery, and the ability to respond to the needs of students and faculty quickly -- all of which contribute to a better learning environment.

NJEDge members will also be able to realize the significant cost savings associated with the use of virtualization including reduced hardware and operating costs, as well as lower datacenter power, cooling and real estate costs. By reducing their use of energy and space, member schools may qualify for green energy credits for their positive impact on "Green IT" initiatives.

Supporting Quotes

"Our strategic partnership with Promedia and VMware on this group purchase program is another great example of how we can successfully leverage economies of scale on behalf of our collaborative membership."
-- George Laskaris, President & CEO, NJEDge.Net

"Through the partnership of NJEDge.Net, VMware and Promedia Technology Services, Inc., the NJEDge VMware Enterprise Licensing Agreement provides substantial savings for NJEDge and its members. This can save hundreds of thousands of dollars and help to promote private sector job creation based in New Jersey. This is a win for public entities, private business and the taxpayers of New Jersey."
-- Gene Murphy, President, Promedia Technology Services, Inc.

"Today's educational institutions are under intense pressure to reduce costs while continuing to manage an increasing demand for services. These institutions recognize that virtualization technologies can enable the transformational changes that bring about sustainable, long-term cost reductions, efficiencies and IT agility. This contract with NJEDge provides a more cost-effective procurement vehicle for schools and colleges to realize the benefits associated with implementing virtualization across client and server platforms."
-- Colleen McMillan, Director, VMware Global Public Sector Solutions Marketing

About NJEDge.Net
NJEDge.Net is a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey. Through its deployment of advanced Internet technologies and digital communication, NJEDge.Net supports its members in their institutional teaching and learning; scholarship; research and development; outreach programs; public service, and economic development. In providing a broadband statewide network, NJEDge.Net creates an environment for interoperability to facilitate productive use of technology across the academic enterprise. NJEDge.Net introduces emerging technologies and state-of-the-art networking to its partners in academia, government and industry for inter-institutional collaboration, scholarship and research.

www.NJEDge.Net

About Promedia Technology Services, Inc.
Promedia Technology Services, Inc., founded in 1992 and located in Little Falls, NJ, is a network solutions provider whose core business is ensuring its clients' productivity and efficiency through the appropriate use of network technologies. Promedia understands how these intricate systems can become costly, hard to manage, and hard to maintain. These challenges are answered by developing accurate ROI's for technology investments and delivering monitoring and managed service offerings to minimize the burden on the client.

With 80 employees and a certified staff of 50 engineers, Promedia is authorized to handle the most complex network designs and installations. Promedia holds industry certifications and specializations from major manufacturers including Cisco, VMware, NetApp, Apple, Microsoft and many more.

Promedia's specialty is integrations supporting the convergence of data, voice, video, and security networks. Promedia has the capability to deliver a wide array network solutions including:

  • Network Infrastructure
  • Wireless Networks
  • Unified Communications
  • Video Conferencing
  • Data Center and Virtualization
  • Physical Security
  • ProTecht Services
  • Structured Cabling

www.promedianj.com

About VMware
VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform -- VMware vSphere ® -- customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization, which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

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