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IBM Introduces New Software To Help Clients More Effectively Manage Cross-Platform Virtual Servers, Reduce Data Center Costs

ARMONK, N.Y., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced new systems software for managing virtualized servers, designed to help clients plan, build and maintain data centers while reducing costs. IBM is also helping clients protect their long-term investments in Power Systems(TM) by announcing an upgraded path to its next-generation servers that will include POWER7 microprocessors.

The new systems software --IBM Systems Director VMControl-- gives clients a tool to manage heterogeneous virtual servers. It allows users to discover, display, monitor and locate virtual resources; create and manage virtual servers; and deploy and manage workloads with a common interface across IBM System z mainframes, System x x86-based servers, BladeCenter, and Power Systems AIX , Linux and i platforms.

Management of virtualized servers is a key priority for businesses and can help make them more efficient, orchestrated, and effective. The new IBM software provides lifecycle management of virtual servers, with its ability to create, modify and delete virtualized resources, as well as move them to other locations.

VMControl is part of the IBM Systems Director family of software for the management of IBM servers, storage and networking, and provides automatic discovery, as well as monitoring and updates for physical and virtual resources. Systems Director can help businesses maintain the performance and availability of their servers and simplify operations in a dynamic infrastructure.

"IBM is serious about addressing clients' needs for virtualization management," said Scott Handy, vice president, IBM Power Systems. "The new VMControl software helps clients reduce total cost of ownership and provides them with the tools needed to both better manage and get more business value out of their heterogeneous virtual computing environments."

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