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Virtual Iron Extends Price/Performance Leadership with Latest Virtualization and Management Platform for Production Environments.

Version 4 Widens Lead Over XenSource with New Virtual Infrastructure Management Capabilities, P2V and V2V Migration, Integrated SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Kernel and Drivers, and Expanded 32 and 64 Bit OS Support

LOWELL, Mass. -- Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com), the leading provider of server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management solutions derived from the Xen open source project, today announced the latest version of its enterprise-class software platform. Version 4 establishes new ease-of-use standards for creating, provisioning and managing the complete lifecycle of virtual machines across large numbers of physical servers. The new release provides comparable capabilities to the industry's most comprehensive offering and is available at just a fraction of the cost. Version 4 is packaged and priced for mainstream market adoption and extends Virtual Iron's lead over XenSource by delivering the most advanced capabilities available in a highly reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy server virtualization platform.

Version 4 is designed to support all primary virtualization use cases including server consolidation, dev/test automation, high availability, disaster recovery, dynamic capacity management and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). It builds on Virtual Iron's robust virtualization services, live workload migration and automated policy-based management capabilities currently deployed in hundreds of customer environments worldwide. The release also adds important new production capabilities including: integration of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 kernel and drivers from Novell; new physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) migration powered by PlateSpin; a new graphical virtualization management interface; the most current version of the Xen open source 3.1 hypervisor; expanded 32 and 64 bit OS support; and multi-processor (SMP) Windows support. By embedding the Novell SLES 10 kernel and drivers in its platform, Virtual Iron addresses the reliability, support and security requirements of data center managers using virtualization in production environments. Version 4 also leverages the latest multi-core technology and hardware virtualization advancements from Intel.

"With Version 4, Virtual Iron continues to add important new capabilities for advanced virtual infrastructure management and distance its solution from other Xen-based solutions," said Phillip Huber, chief operating officer for XCalibre Communications Ltd., a hosted solutions provider based in the UK. "We have evaluated the different offerings on the market very closely and Virtual Iron is the only server virtualization platform that could turn our vision for a flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure into reality. This latest version will deliver improved operational efficiencies, increase service levels and will thus make our new FlexiScale hosted services platform even more attractive."

Market Perspective

"Virtual Iron is a leading provider of enterprise class server virtualization and management solutions based on the Xen open source hypervisor, Intel[R] Virtualization Technology and Quad-Core Intel[R] Xeon[R] processors" said Patrick Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "Intel and Virtual Iron are committed to delivering data center solutions that address the most demanding customer requirements and take advantage of the latest advances in Intel Core[TM] micro-architecture - based platforms."

"The integration of our SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 kernel and drivers into Virtual Iron's latest release is another effective means of bringing the value of SUSE Linux Enterprise and our enterprise-class customer services to a broader range of organizations around the world," said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. "The market presence of SUSE Linux Enterprise, built through an extensive hardware and software partner network, provides immediate benefits to customers of valuable OEM partners like Virtual Iron."

"PlateSpin is dedicated to providing users with the ability to unify the management of their enterprise data centers through the automated migration of Windows and Linux servers between physical and virtual infrastructure with zero manual effort," said Stephen Pollack, CEO of PlateSpin. "With the inclusion of LiveConvert, an anywhere-to-anywhere workload portability technology powered by PlateSpin in Virtual Iron's latest release, we continue to extend these capabilities to a broader set of virtual platforms, giving users the flexibility they need to leverage all the benefits of virtualization in the data center."

"Small and medium-sized organizations looking at virtualization should not feel that they have to sacrifice advanced features for the sake of cost," said Chris Wolf, senior analyst in the Data Center Strategies service at the Burton Group. " Simple deployment, live migration, centralized policy-based management such as VM high availability and data center load balancing, and comprehensive hardware certification and support should be viewed as requirements for any virtualization deployment, regardless of an organization's size."

"There is definitely strong demand for choice in the market and our goal is to deliver the right solution based on each customer's unique needs," said Casey Crellin, president of Virtual Technologies, a premier channel partner of both Virtual Iron and PlateSpin. "With Version 4, Virtual Iron continues to build on its price/performance advantage and offer customers all the benefits of enterprise-class virtualization at a fraction of the cost. This enables us to leverage their budget in other important areas needed to fully support a more flexible and efficient data center environment."

New Features in Virtual Iron Version 4

Version 4 extends Virtual Iron's price, value and performance advantages over all other server virtualization solutions. Key new capabilities and features include:

* Integrated SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Kernel and Drivers - Version 4 integrates the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 kernel and Linux drivers in Virtual Iron's core virtualization architecture. As a result, users get all the benefits of complete Novell certification and corresponding full global commercial support for their entire spectrum of server, storage and networking hardware supported by Novell in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This includes systems from IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, Network Appliances, Cisco and many others. Virtual Iron joins VMware as the only server virtualization providers to integrate fully supported kernels and drivers with its hypervisor - a critical requirement for users moving virtualization into production environments.

* LiveConvert[TM] - P2V and V2V Conversion Capabilities Powered by PlateSpin - Version 4 adds LiveConvert, an automated software solution powered by PlateSpin that enables customers to easily migrate workloads (data, applications, and operating systems) across physical, virtual, blade and image-based infrastructures in any direction. LiveConvert provides Virtual Iron users with the ability to quickly migrate workloads between physical servers and virtual machines allowing users to quickly achieve the benefits of large-scale server consolidation, rapid provisioning, high availability and capacity management.

* New Graphical Management Console Interface - Version 4 adds a powerful new Windows graphical administration console including new management wizards for creating new virtual machines and managing their entire lifecycle. The console also includes new graphing and reporting tools for measuring resource utilization and performance including CPU, memory, disk and network I/O. These capabilities simplify management of the entire virtual environment.

* New Xen 3.1 64 Bit Hypervisor - Virtual Iron continues to contribute to and leverage the latest advancements in the Xen open source project. Version 4 integrates the Xen 3.1 hypervisor for increased scalability, increased memory density, support for up to 128 GB of physical memory, and per guest virtual machine limits of 32 GB. The new hypervisor also supports up to 8-way SMP per guest and leverages ACPI to support dynamic hot plugging of CPU, network and storage running into virtual machines. As a result, users can support a larger number of virtual machines per host, increasing utilization and ROI.

* Expanded OS Support - Virtual Iron Version 4 adds support for several new 32 and 64 bit operating systems including Windows Vista, Windows 2000 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. This enables Virtual Iron to continue to expand mainstream adoption, provide support for diverse data center environments and increase user flexibility and value.

* Windows SMP Support - Version 4 expands support to virtual machines with up to 8 CPUs, for the ability to virtualize more demanding workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server.

These new features add to Virtual Iron's already comprehensive server virtualization and virtual infrastructure platform including advanced policy-based automation capabilities which allow data center managers to monitor and automatically manage the capacity of their server resources to deliver on established service level agreements (SLAs). These include easy-to-use capabilities such as:

* LiveMigrate - the ability to move virtual servers between physical servers without any application downtime;

* LiveCapacity - monitors virtual server CPU utilization to determine when a workload needs additional capacity and live migrates it to a physical server when needed;

* LiveRecovery - monitors the status of physical resources and moves virtual servers to maintain uptime in the event of a hardware failure;

* LiveMaintenance - moves virtual servers to alternate locations without downtime when a physical server is taken offline for maintenance. This allows physical server maintenance to be performed outside of scheduled maintenance windows without downtime.

* LiveProvisioning - a "zero touch" automated deployment capability that eliminates the need for physical installation or management of virtualization software on virtualized physical servers.

In addition, Virtual Iron's unique shared storage architecture eliminates the need for complex, proprietary clustered file systems when migrating workloads. This further expands and simplifies users' ability to support advanced use cases such as high availability, disaster recovery and capacity management.

"Virtual Iron Version 4 continues to keep pace with the industry's most-advanced offerings and is substantially more feature-rich, higher performing and easier to deploy than XenSource's latest offering, " said John C. Thibault, president and CEO of Virtual Iron. "With Version 4, we continue to bring the most comprehensive enterprise-class virtualization and management capabilities to the mainstream market at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives."

Priced and Packaged for the Mainstream Market

Virtual Iron Version 4 will be generally available on September 10, 2007 and offers a new Extended Enterprise Edition that includes more advanced policy-based virtual infrastructure management capabilities and new LiveConvert for easy P2V and V2V conversions.

Virtual Iron Offerings and List Price (U.S. $)
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About Virtual Iron Software, Inc.

Virtual Iron provides enterprise-class server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software that enables companies to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of managing and operating their data center. The software includes advanced capabilities that leverage industry standards, open source economics and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration and is available at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Small, medium and large organizations worldwide use Virtual Iron for: production server consolidation; development and test optimization; cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery; dynamic capacity management; and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The software is available exclusively through Virtual Iron's Channel One partner network. Evaluation copies are available for free download at http://www.virtualiron.com/free. For more information, visit http://www.virtualiron.com or email info@virtualiron.com.

* Xen is a registered trademark of XenSource, Inc.

* Virtual Iron is a registered trademark of Virtual Iron Software, Inc.
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