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PGA Picks Virtual Iron

LOWELL, Mass. -- Virtual Iron Software (, a provider of enterprise-class software solutions for server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management, today announced that PGA TOUR Superstore (PGATSS), one of the nations fastest growing retailers for the golf and tennis lifestyle, has selected Virtual Iron’s virtualization and management software to help reduce data center complexity and cost. The company, which currently has eight, 70,000 square foot retail stores, selected Virtual Iron as part of a larger data center restructuring which also includes HP's c-Class blades and a Compellent Storage Area Network (SAN) that supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI. As a result of both initiatives, PGATSS will significantly improve data center efficiency and performance while improving service levels for its in-store and online customers.

PGATSS was seeking a cost-effective solution that would enable it to virtualize both its internal and Website servers in order to support the company’s tremendous growth and expanding online presence. After an exhaustive evaluation of server virtualization vendors, PGATSS selected Virtual Iron in large part due to its outstanding performance in helping to enhance data center efficiency and its comprehensive virtualization and management solution built on top of an open source hypervisor foundation. PGATSS was also impressed that the new Virtual Iron 3.5 platform provided comparable capabilities to VMware at just one-fifth the cost.

“After evaluating the features, functionality and pricing of virtualization products from other major virtualization vendors, Virtual Iron was an easy choice,” said Gentry Ganote, CIO of Golf and Tennis Pro Shop, Inc. which owns PGATSS. “Virtual Iron’s outstanding support team, which was another key factor in our selection, was great during both our evaluation period and our implementation. I can heartily recommend Virtual Iron as the platform of choice for delivering advanced capabilities for virtualizing large server environments.”

Virtual Iron Software Inc.