May 10, 2010
TORONTO and SAN JOSE, Calif., May 10, 2010 – Fetch Technologies, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence-based Web extraction technology and services, has selected Platform Computing’s private cloud management software for its private cloud infrastructure. Platform ISF will help Fetch increase its Software as a Service (SaaS) capacity to scale their business to meet growing demand, without increasing cost.
* “Platform ISF lets us scale up by automating IT administration without adding staff, saving us cost and helping us to better meet customer expectations, said Rick Parker, IT Manager at Fetch Technologies. “People are starting to realize that private cloud is not as hard or expensive to set up as they may think. Our primary reason for moving into cloud is reliability, because it’s critical in SaaS--if you have a service outage, you are going to lose the customer. The secondary reason is cost reduction and cost reduction is significant.”
* “I spent a lot of time researching cloud computing and other technologies that might offer productivity improvements,” said Parker. “I liked Platform Computing’s history and experience with systems management software, so selected their software as distributed administration piece of our cloud infrastructure.”
* “Platform has a rare opportunity to make a difference in the biggest IT revolution in twenty years,” added Parker. “For the first time in the history of IT, private cloud, virtualization and Platform Computing allow users to manage servers and storage themselves. Now adding storage, CPUs and memory is as easy to manage as word documents.”
* “Fetch Technologies has a situation common to many companies -- a small IT department supporting a highly dynamic company with rapidly growing customer demand,” said James Pang, Vice President, Product Management, Platform Computing. “Platform ISF offers a very flexible approach to data center capacity, allowing the company to scale in a reliable, cost-effective way.”
* Fetch previously had to manually provision resources to increase SaaS capacity, which could take up to an hour of personnel time per server. With Platform ISF, Fetch can provision groups of servers automatically, thereby dramatically reducing labor costs.
* Platform ISF supports heterogeneous virtual resources so resource users don’t need to know what hypervisor or hardware is running their server. This multi-hypervisor support also reduces training since resource users only need to learn the easy Platform interface. Additionally, this gives the IT department the flexibility to select the best hypervisor for each particular application based on provisioning policies.
* Platform ISF’s self-service user portal allows Fetch to simplify server management tasks so that users can make the changes they need at any time.
* Platform ISF allows the company to start seriously thinking about leveraging public cloud resources to supplement the resources available in their private cloud. “We would like to be able to handle burst capacity using Platform ISF to create a hybrid cloud that pulls in resources from EC2 or from any other source,” says Parker.
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