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IBM to Introduce a New Class of Open Virtualization

Powerful New Virtualization Engine 2.0 Delivers Resource Management Across Servers, Networking and Storage for a More Responsive, On Demand Business

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NEW YORK, NY - 26 Jul 2005: As part of its new systems strategy, IBM today introduced a standards-based virtualization platform that will allow customers to pool, manage and optimize their IT resources across a variety of servers, networking and storage devices in order to help improve the economics and operations of under-utilized IT assets.

The IBM Virtualization Engine 2.0 platform uses open interfaces, virtualization building blocks and Web services to connect server and storage systems. IBM Business Partners provide solutions that are critical to expand the pool across the datacenter.

"Virtualization Engine has evolved to a highly integrated open standards platform based on a four-year R&D push across IBM and in collaboration with various business partners," said Rod Adkins, vice president of development, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "The platform helps customers to drive much greater asset utilization and management simplification of their complete, open IT infrastructure on a scale never before seen."

IBM's virtualization innovations are designed to help address the spiraling cost of systems management by enabling clients to manage and administer their IT resources more easily. The Virtualization Engine console provides a single view of systems and platform health, as well as a road map or "topology," for the virtualized systems infrastructure. This can minimize the necessity for specific operating systems skills for some IT operations personnel.

Some of innovative products and features that will be available in Virtualization Engine 2.0 include:

Resource Dependency Services -- To help companies gain a view into their IT resources, RDS can be used to help define and discover relationships between users, resources, applications and networks -- a key ingredient for collaborative processing. This allows:

Integrated Virtual Management -- To help simplify the process of creating and configuring virtual systems, IVM can:

IBM Enterprise Workload Manager -- now provides the capability to modify system resources while meeting business goals to respond to workload demands. More support for heterogeneous infrastructures is also a part of this new release. Enhancements allow:

IBM Director 5.1 -- an integrated suite of software tools that provide a consistent, single point of management and automation is now extended to the portfolio of IBM eServer and IBM Systems. A new version of IBM Director, version 5.1, focuses on ease-of-use and delivers an even more open, integrated toolset. Some of the highlights include:

IBM Virtualization Engine 2.0 technology can now span the enterprise and beyond:

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Colleen Haikes
IBM Media Relations
(415) 509-7915
chaikes@us.ibm.com