December 04, 2006
United Devices (UD) has announced
general availability of solutions focused on virtualizing
mission-critical business applications for enterprise data centers and
outsourced IT service providers.
UD's data center virtualization solution, Data Center One, enables automatic provisioning of business applications across a shared pool of physical and virtual IT assets within an enterprise data center. Initial implementations have demonstrated lower total cost of ownership (TCO), improved productivity and responsiveness, and reliable service level agreement (SLA)-driven performance.
The company's managed services solution, Service One, uses the same core technology to enable IT service providers to offer application delivery services to multiple customers. Service One provides automated, SLA-driven provisioning of applications across pools of heterogeneous IT assets that may span data centers, business units and companies with no restrictions based on location or ownership of assets.
"These solutions represent two years of intense product development funded by United Devices, our customers and our business partners," said Ben Rouse, chief executive officer. "The new capabilities are built on UD's proven technology that powers the industry's largest production Grid implementations. As a result of our customer collaborations and documented success in driving data center efficiencies, we are in a unique position today to unveil Data Center One and Service One to the market at large."
Both the data center and managed services solutions take an application-centric approach to virtualization, where the needs of the application are paramount and infrastructure is managed as a shared pool of capacity. Each solution includes an analytics component to help IT organizations capture information about applications and associated infrastructure, including real-time capacity and utilization data.
Data Center One applies UD's Grid technology to automatically provision applications on bare metal, manage virtual machines and third-party provisioning tools, and to deploy and manage large-scale enterprise software implementations such as SAP, Siebel or Oracle. This solution enables companies to achieve an agile infrastructure that lets businesses respond more quickly to changing needs with minimized manual intervention and shorter lead times to get new resources up and running.
In fact, UD's data center technology has been shown to reduce infrastructure costs related to SAP by 35 percent, as announced in a recently published white paper, "Grid-Enabled SAP: Solution Blueprint and ROI Analysis."
Service One applies UD's core technologies to serve outsourcing companies, allowing applications to be automatically provisioned to multiple clients over a much broader set of assets and networks. Service One combines Grid capabilities with application portals and services, a custom application performance management engine, and a set of professional services to help companies build and market their own offerings.
"The ultimate destination for IT services outsourcers and large data centers alike lies in automatically provisioning resources and networks according to the demands of the applications being run on them," said UD CTO Jikku Venkat. "That is where customers can expect to see a great leap in productivity and efficiency, and that is the arena in which United Devices alone is offering a proven set of application-focused solutions."
United Devices said that in addition to Data Center One and Service One, it will continue to provide its high performance computing (HPC) solutions and its Internet Grid offerings that let companies develop and build large-scale, geographically distributed grids of non-dedicated devices.
All of UD's announced solutions are available immediately.
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