Verari announces blade solution that doubles VMware virtual machines, power efficiency

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Verari Systems Inc., a developer of energy efficient data center consolidation platforms utilizing independent blade-based computing and storage solutions, and VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program member, announced Tuesday this week that the Verari Systems' VB1257 VMware ESX 3.5 certified blade delivers twice the number of VMware virtual machines per blade than similar competitive blade offerings, while consuming 50 percent less power. On a per VMware image basis, the VB1257 for the BladeRack 2 XL (BR2-XL) platform provides better TCO (total cost of ownership).

VMware provides TAP program members with tools to develop products that are complementary to VMware virtualization software and help deliver high-value solutions to joint customers.

The Verari Systems' VB1257 blade is certified on VMware ESX 3.5 and powered by the low power Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors. When combined with the BR2-XL platform, the solution delivers twice the number of VMware virtual machines (VMs) with energy efficiency, density and scalability, while reducing operational expenses.

Verari is a provider of blade storage and energy efficient platforms. Organizations such as Wachovia, Akamai, Microsoft, Qualcomm, ESPN, CGGVeritas, Harris, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Sony Imageworks, as well as universities and research institutions worldwide, are among the customers who have chosen Verari Systems' line of high density blade storage and servers, rack-optimized platforms and software solutions. Verari has its headquarters located in San Diego, California.

The VMware TAP program works with technology partners to provide them a comprehensive set of VMware technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

"The VB1257 blade effectively leverages VMware virtualization to solve the problems known in the data center today such as server sprawl, power and cooling issues, and operating costs, enabling customers to achieve greater density and server utilization," said Bernie Mills, senior director, alliances programs at VMware. "We are pleased that Verari Systems is helping to deliver added value to customers with innovative technology combined with the significant business benefits of VMware virtualization, including lower capital and operating expenses, business continuity, strengthened security and reduced energy consumption."

"The practical benefits of well-executed VMware installations have received much coverage and include lower capital and operating expenses, improved floor space efficiency and contributing to the demand to be 'greener' that is so prevalent these days," said Mark Peters, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "Those same benefits can be extended by users who choose to combine the software with hardware platforms - exemplified by Verari Systems' BladeRack 2 server and storage systems - that have a similar focus and can deliver benefits in the same area. Verari Systems' platforms can run twice the usual number of virtual machines per blade which means not only less capital expense for users, but also reductions in the associated ongoing operational and environmental costs. Verari Systems has reported strong demand for its BladeRack 2 platforms; most likely this is driven by giving users an attractive combination of technologies that combine with VMware to help deliver even stronger business value."

Verari Systems' capability to run twice the number of virtual machines per blade provides organizations with various benefits, including less capital expense through the reduction in the number of servers and the associated ongoing operational and environmental costs, such as power, cooling, floor space utilization and management.

"Verari Systems BladeRack 2 X-Series solutions for VMware environments offers customers increased performance, scalability and energy efficiency, and ultimately more value than similar servers on the market," said Dan Gatti, senior vice president of marketing, Verari Systems. "In addition to more memory, compute density and storage capacity than the competition, our blade server innovations also enable customers to fully realize the benefits of virtualization and energy efficiency."

The VMware virtualization power of the VB1257 for the BR2-XL means users can combine up to 16 physical machines on to one blade server, while requiring half the power of competing offerings. It also reduces capital expenditure and operational costs by more than 50 percent. By doubling the number of VMware virtual machines to 16 VMs per blade, the VB1257 solution results in a cost savings of over US$ 40,000 per year in power operational expense and equates to cutting 56,000 kilowatt hours, or approximately 32 tons of CO2 emissions, every year.

The Verari Systems VB1257 blade server and other VMware certified solutions are available.