Lowell, Massachusetts – (The Hosting News) – September 21, 2007 – Enterprise-class server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software firm, Virtual Iron Software, has been chosen by XCalibre Communications, to support its web hosting infrastructure.
The UK-based web host deployed the server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management capabilities of Virtual Iron, to create a true utility platform for its hosted services. The virtualization and software platform will support Xcalibre’s 9,000 plus residential, business and reseller customers. The software is hoped to help XCalibre to increase service levels, simplify infrastructure management and reduce operational costs across its entire ISP infrastructure.
Tony Lucas, CEO at XCalibre Communications offered, ”Virtual Iron is the first server virtualization platform that could satisfy our requirements and it is now turning our vision for a flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure into reality. We’re able to deploy Virtual Iron across our entire ISP infrastructure to increase service levels for both our internal and external customers.”
XCalibre has just released a limited Beta of its FlexiScale Platform, a new outsourced infrastructure service which many industry watchers expect to compete directly with Amazon’s EC2. The Virtual Iron solution is a key component of the FlexiScale offering.
Dermot Reynolds, Managing Director at NewDatum U.K.-based virtualisation consultancy and Virtual Iron channel partner commented, ”Virtual Iron is a wall-to-wall virtualisation technology that is ideally suited for deployment across an entire ISP infrastructure. It combines a number of key features and capabilities including low cost, flexible scalability, the ability to manage your entire infrastructure from a single console screen, and ease of deployment.”
Virtual Iron provides production-ready server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management capabilities for unmodified Windows and Linux at one-fifth the cost of comparable alternatives. The platform combines an open source hypervisor with advanced virtualization services and sophisticated policy-based management. Virtual Iron enables users to takes full advantage of new hardware-assisted virtualization (Intel VT and AMD-V) on servers to deliver near native performance. The software also offers other enterprise-class capabilities such as large memory support (up to 96 GB), large SMP capabilities (up to 8 CPUs) and the ability to virtualize server platforms with up to 32 physical CPUs. Unlike other virtualization solutions, Virtual Iron requires no installation or management of software on physical servers, further simplifying installation and data center operations.
XCalibre is also leveraging VLAN support, now available in Virtual Iron’s recently released Version 3.6. VLAN support allows multiple networks to share a single network card securely. This is particularly important for hosted service providers like XCalibre, which hosts thousands of different customers in the same data center.
John C. Thibault, President and CEO of Virtual Iron offered, ”XCalibre is taking full advantage of Virtual Iron’s policy-based management and automation capabilities to increase service levels across its entire infrastructure while reducing its operational costs. The combination of Virtual Iron’s enterprise-class capabilities and outstanding price/value performance is perfectly suited to service providers like XCalibre that compete on their ability to provide highly reliable and cost-effective hosting services.”
XCalibre Communications Ltd has been delivering hosting solutions to the home, business and reseller markets since 1997. The company offers a full and varied range of hosting services including: dedicated, managed and bespoke servers; server co-location; shared hosting; reseller accounts; domain registration; ftp hosting.
Virtual Iron provides enterprise-class server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software designed to enable companies to 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.
To learn more about XCalibre Communications Ltd, please visit: www.xcalibre.co.uk.
For more information about Virtual Iron, please visit: www.virtualiron.com.