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Egenera Looks Beyond Blades

Egenera Inc.
upgraded its virtualization software today to kick off what its CEO promises will be an aggressive” year.

What's he mean? CEO Bob Dutkowsky envisions a year in which Egenera will double its revenue and broaden its customer base, roll out a slew of products based on new technology, and perhaps even develop a different form factor than the blade servers it currently uses for its software. And if things work out, maybe it will go ahead with the IPO it filed for last June (see Egenera Seeks IPO).

Talk about ambitious. But the company's taking steps to at least try and make it happen.

Today, Egenera added capabilities to its fourth-generation BladeFrame virtualization software, mostly aimed at making it easier for customers to set up and run Egenera’s blade servers. The new features include the ability to configure blade servers while they are running; the addition of automatic failover for customers running EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) VMWare GSX Server with Egenera blades; support for open standards and EMC PowerPath load balancing software (also used with Egenera blades); and a graphic management interface.

Dutkowsky hopes the changes will help Egenera broaden its customer base beyond financial services, which traditionally embrace cutting-edge technologies with less regard for simplicity.

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