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An Introduction to Egenera's PAN Manager Software

egeneraIn IT there is a critical relationship between size and simplicity.  That is, the larger or more important a service, the simpler it must to be to meet the reliability and availability needs of the business.  

Too much complexity and the application runs the risk of failure – usually at just the wrong time.

To combat this, the infrastructure must be constantly monitored, nurtured and nursed just to meet the minimum needs of the business.  This, in short, drives up costs and slows down progress.

We have come a long way over the last decade in IT.  Virtualization via hypervisors has helped tremendously.

The abstraction of the application from the underlying hardware has enabled a first leg of improvement in both the cost and agility of IT, but hypervisors do not help bring simplicity, resiliency or agility to the physical infrastructure.

Bringing that same sort of abstraction to the compute and networking layers is the next obvious step in the drive to modernize the data center.  This is the idea behind fabric based computing.  

Through abstraction, fabrics (aka converged infrastructure) simplify the physical infrastructure thus increasing the flexibility and resiliency of the datacenter.  This is why compute fabrics are a top CIO priority as we enter 2012.  

For those of you familiar with blade technology or converged infrastructure, you might have already heard of Egenera Inc. – Unitiv’s newest vendor partner.  

Egenera was a pioneer in blade systems and converged infrastructure fabrics over ten years ago.  

They launched their “BladeFrame” product, which was a combination of the company’s blade server technology married with their powerful fabric “PAN Manager” software solution.  

For years, the company performed extremely well selling their own platform, but recently, urged by its customers, Egenera made the strategic choice to port their fabric management software to other blade platforms.  

Launched in May of 2011, Egenera’s PAN Manager for HP is now available for Unitiv’s c7000 blade customers.  

By running PAN Manager on open systems –such as HP BladeSystem – customers get the best of both worlds – simplicity of management on existing and industry leading blade systems.  

The open systems approach was important to us at Unitiv as we have heard your concerns about potential vendor lock-in with alternative fabric offerings - such as Cisco’s UCS.

But, unlike Cisco UCS, Egenera enables stateless compute fabrics without requiring customers to rip & replace their existing hardware investments.

And for us at Unitiv, that was critically important in choosing Egenera as our partner.  

Learn more about Egenera or to arrange a demo, contact Unitiv today.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.

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