i-Virtualize Strengthens Its Cloud Offerings in North America with VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM

Toronto, Canada - 10 Jul 2015: i-Virtualize, a provider of cloud and on-premises computing solutions across North America, has selected the VersaStack™ Solution by Cisco and IBM (NYSE: IBM) to help its customers accelerate the installation of a system of infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics, cloud and mobile computing.


VersaStack is a pre-engineered, tested and supported system that pairs [Cisco Unified Computing System](https://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/data_center/udc/dc-offers/cisco-digital-play.html?POSITION=SEM&COUNTRY_SITE=us&CAMPAIGN=IA-06+ucs&CREATIVE=FY15_UCS_Keyword_Broad-UCS_Keyword&REFERRING_SITE=Google&KWID=p5724264847&KEYCODE=000497633&KEYWORD=%2Bunified %2Bcomputing&gclid=CjwKEAjwlPOsBRCWq5_e973PzTgSJACMiEp2hDjGpCAURDn4bYvS9uBYm0kMdVgdGmlZ0EfyBHuTWBoCrJ7w_wcB)™ (UCS) with IBM Storwize V7000 storage technology, and is designed to operate as an integrated infrastructure – “datacenter in a box.” VersaStack contains server hardware, a disk storage system, networking equipment, and systems management software all integrated into a single platform. VersaStack provides efficient use of computing, networking, and storage resources with up to five times more data storage with IBM Real-time Compression.

i-Virtualize customers such as Hayward Gordon and FreeBalance are streamlining their IT operations with VersaStack. The integrated stack of data center technologies including servers, storage and networking can help accelerate data center infrastructure deployment, efficiently manage information and resources, and quickly adapt to business change.

In a hybrid cloud computing environment, this innovative integrated infrastructure helps bring new levels of ease, cost efficiency, and versatility. With the VersaStack solution, i-Virtualize will host and manage resources for Hayward Gordon, a major distributor of process equipment and a manufacturer of industrial pumps, mixers, and engineered systems. FreeBalance, a global provider of public financial management solutions, can use the i-Virtualize public cloud running on VersaStack to deliver software as a service for faster and simplified IT.

"Today we are bringing VersaStack to our customers either in the cloud or on-premises where our hardware runs their software," said John Buskermolen, co-founder, i-Virtualize. "Tomorrow we intend to manage their software applications, too, delivering a totally integrated IT environment in the cloud. i-Virtualize is the first managed service provider (MSP) in North America to offer the enterprise-grade VersaStack solution which is far superior to 'white box' commodity servers in performance and efficiency. We now have the capability to extend our business globally working with Cisco and IBM."

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure, which includes Cisco UCS, Application Centric Infrastructure – Cisco Nexus®, Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches, and Cisco UCS Director management software – can help accelerate the deployment of applications and can improve the ability to adapt to business change. The IBM Storwize V7000 includes technology that provides virtual environments with built-in functions such as Data Virtualization, Real-time Compression, and Easy Tier, which automatically migrates data between tiers based on real-time usage patterns, for improved performance and efficiency.

Cisco and IBM have a long history of working together to deliver technology that benefits our mutual clients. Expanding on this success, Cisco and IBM’s VersaStack allows businesses and customers to create solutions that transform their businesses and help reduce risk. Since its introduction in December 2014, enterprise customers around the world have adopted VersaStack for better performance and higher value in the new era of Big Data, cloud and mobile computing.

About i-Virtualize

i-Virtualize is a value-added reseller and an IT solutions and services company. i-Virtualize offers a full suite of on-premises and cloud solutions with options for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, VDI as a Service, and Cloud DR. For more information about i-Virtualize visit www.i-virtualize.com

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