Virtual Iron expands and releases 2.0

Quoting from the Virtual Iron official announcement:

Virtual Iron Software, a provider of data center virtualization and management software solutions, today announced general availability of Version 2.0 of its software platform. The new release responds to growing market demand for Virtual Iron’s software by adding support for the AMD Opteron™ processor and IBM BladeCenter servers. It also expands Virtual Iron’s policy-based resource and workload management capabilities to further streamline data center operations.

Virtual Iron offers enterprise-class virtualization and management at the data center level. While first generation technologies are limited to working on single-machines, or with small clusters of machines, Virtual Iron manages the aggregation and sharing of a large number of server, storage and network elements. This automates many time-intensive manual tasks such as provisioning new servers, moving capacity to handle dynamic workloads, and responding to ongoing availability issues. The resulting benefits include reduced data center complexity, increased agility and resource utilization, and dramatically reduced capital and operating expenses.

Version 2.0 responds to increasing market demand for the Virtual Iron solution running on the AMD Opteron, the world’s first x86 processor for both 32-bit and 64-bit computing. Enterprises can now use Virtual Iron with both single and Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors, giving customers a choice of industry-standard processors to help drive price performance and improve data center manageability.

“We see a number of enterprises looking to leverage Virtual Iron on the AMD Opteron processor in their data centers,” said Joe Menard, corporate vice president, Software Strategy for AMD. “Virtual Iron’s support for the AMD Opteron processor, combined with the throughput and performance advantages of AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture technology, help provide customers the flexibility and efficiency of a virtualized environment, and at the same time reduce total cost of ownership.”

Version 2.0 also extends Virtual Iron’s support for IBM servers to include BladeCenter. With integrated I/O interconnects, networking and built-in redundancy, IBM BladeCenter provides a flexible, high performance foundation for utility computing initiatives. Virtual Iron’s latest release virtualizes all BladeCenter components, including processors, memory, storage and networking, to speed deployments and migrations, while also providing outstanding scalability. Virtual Iron’s policy-based management also makes use of health status information from BladeCenter components to allow automated actions in the event of failures.

Virtual Iron is also delivering new levels of flexibility and operational efficiency for managing complex, enterprise-level workloads such as J2EE application servers with Version 2.0. The software demonstrated excellent performance in a recent benchmark test, SPECjAppServer2004®, which measures commercial J2EE application servers. The benchmark was created by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

“The enhancements we’ve delivered in Version 2.0 are a natural extension of our core capabilities and a direct response to customer demand,” said Mike Grandinetti, chief marketing officer at Virtual Iron. “These enterprises are moving beyond single-server partitioning and leveraging the full power of data center virtualization and the dramatic gains it offers in agility, performance and operating cost.“

At the same time Virtual Iron announces sales expansion:

Virtual Iron Software, a provider of data center virtualization and management solutions, today announced several key milestones as part of a company-wide expansion. The moves include the appointment of former VMware Sales Executive, Evan Eckstein, as Vice President of Sales, the opening of three new sales offices in New York, Atlanta and Silicon Valley, and the company’s move to new headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts. With the expansion, Virtual Iron continues to establish itself as one of the emerging leaders in the data center virtualization and management market.

At Virtual Iron, Eckstein will be responsible for growing the company’s customer base and furthering relationships with its technology and re-seller partners. He brings more than 18 years of high technology industry sales experience and a strong track record of success in enterprise software and services. During his tenure at VMware, Eckstein led a team that grew revenue 25% quarter over quarter while managing a hybrid distribution channel of direct and inside sales reps, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales partners and value-added resellers (VARs). Previously, he held sales and sales management roles with Verisign/Guardent, Route Science, International Network Services and NCR.

In addition to Eckstein’s appointment, Virtual Iron has expanded its direct sales presence in North America with new sales offices in New York, Atlanta and Silicon Valley. The company has also relocated its corporate headquarters from Acton to Lowell, Massachusetts. The new location boasts 28,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space at the Cross Point Towers. With these moves, Virtual Iron is positioning itself to meet the increasing demand for its data center virtualization and management solutions and support its growing list of customers, partners and re-sellers in North America.

“Our recent success is driving expansion across all aspects of the company,” said John C. Thibault, President and CEO of Virtual Iron. “Evan Eckstein brings deep knowledge of our target markets and a great track record in building customer and partner relationships. In combination with our new sales team, we are well positioned to penetrate new markets and continue to hire the best talent in areas such as engineering, marketing, sales and administration.”