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Virtual Iron Receives IBM ServerProven Status

Leading Virtualization Software Provider Offers Complete Solution on IBM x86 Server Platforms

Lowell, MA, June 28, 2006 –
Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com), a provider of software solutions for creating and managing virtual infrastructure in the data center, today announced that it has secured IBM ServerProven* status for its enterprise-class virtualization and management software platform. ServerProven designation means the solutions have been successfully implemented in a real-world production environment. The deployment of Virtual Iron software on IBM systems enables users to reduce data center complexity, increase agility and resource utilization, and dramatically reduce capital and operating expenses.

The IBM ServerProven designation is intended to help customers easily identify complete solutions for their business-critical needs. IBM ServerProven solutions are evaluated for their quick installation, easy start up and their reliability running on IBM systems in a real-world production environment. Virtual Iron supports a broad range of IBM x86 servers, including IBM BladeCenter* and IBM System x*. The IBM ServerProven program is limited to IBM PartnerWorld* members.

"Virtual Iron is very pleased to receive IBM ServerProven status, and is committed to continuing to optimize our software for the entire line of industry-standard IBM systems," said Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing Officer at Virtual Iron. "Customers can count on easy installation, optimal price/performance and significantly reduced cost of ownership when running our technology on IBM platforms.”

Virtual Iron delivers advanced virtualization and management software solutions and is designed for production-class performance and scalability. The platform can support hundreds of industry-standard (x86) physical servers and thousands of virtual servers. The Virtual Iron solutions include comprehensive capabilities to manage virtual infrastructure and address a number of data center and virtualization initiatives. The software partitions servers to run multiple operating systems simultaneously and increases utilization by managing the pooling and sharing of large numbers of server, storage and network elements. This enables users to automate many time-intensive manual tasks such as provisioning new servers and moving capacity to handle dynamic workloads. It also monitors physical systems and automatically responds to availability issues.

In early April, Virtual Iron announced the latest release of its software. The new version combines the company’s enterprise-class virtualization and management capabilities with the open source Xen hypervisor. With it, Virtual Iron will be the first to deliver native virtualization and simultaneous support for both 32 and 64-bit unmodified Linux and Windows operating systems and applications on Xen. It takes full advantage of new hardware-assisted virtualization capabilities from Intel and AMD, and requires no installation or management of the virtualization services on physical servers. As a result, users can streamline data center management and reduce operational costs while preserving investments in their existing software stack.

According to industry analyst IDC, in 2005, about 3-5% of all x86-based server workloads were in virtual machines. This is estimated to grow to 20% by the end of 2006. Virtualization is a critical component of the computing environment and it will only increase in its importance as organizations gravitate toward more efficient, flexible IT.

About Virtual Iron Software, Inc.
Virtual Iron provides Xen-based software solutions for creating and managing virtual infrastructure. Its software enables companies to dramatically reduce the complexity and cost of managing and operating their enterprise data center. The company is focused on delivering advanced virtualization capabilities that exploit industry standards, open source economics and processors with virtualization technology built-in. Organizations use Virtual Iron’s software for consolidation, rapid provisioning, business continuity, workload management and policy-based automation to deliver significant improvements in utilization, manageability and agility. Virtual Iron is privately held and based in Lowell, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.virtualiron.com or email info@virtualiron.com.



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