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EU Firms Form Green Data Center Partnership

EU Firms Form Green Data Center Partnership

Paris-based IT equipment provider Bull (www.bull.com) and San Jose-based server-optimization software provider Cassatt (www.cassatt.com), announced on Monday they are partnering to improve the effectiveness of data centers of large European organizations.

The agreement will target the sectors of large government and local authorities, telecommunications, finance, retail, utilities, and manufacturing.

Bull will become a privileged distributor in Europe and other selected geographies of Cassatt's line of software products for making data centers more efficient.

Bull will incorporate Cassatt's server-optimization software into its NovaScale and Escala server models, as well as on non-Bull server hardware, and will collaborate to transition customers toward data center automation systems.

The server provider will also provide full life-cycle services to assess the current status of data centers, develop optimization strategies, and introduce power management and other policy-based efficiency solutions, as well as provide support for the Cassatt solution for its customers.

Marketing the Cassatt software suite as part of its Bio Data Center initiative, Bull will work towards providing customers with innovative new methods for operating their facilities with a focus on overall quality of operational processes, architectural topology, and power consumption.

These include three Cassatt Active Response editions, including Standard Edition, which helps increase energy efficiency; Premium Edition, which improves energy efficiency and application resiliency; and Data Center Edition, which boosts energy efficiency, high application availability and server workload management in production environments.

The two companies will provide European organizations with active power management, enabling large data center operators to automatically power off their unused servers based on policies they set, helping to reduce power consumption by 30 to 50 percent.

"Bull announced a year ago its Bio Data Center initiative to help our customers cope with the unprecedented performance demand that is requested out of their data centers, while meeting new objectives for sustainable development," says Bruno Pinna, Bull's marketing director. "The partnership announced with Cassatt today reflects our ambition to provide the necessary solutions to reach this objective."

Cassatt customers can incrementally expand their usage of the company's software to improve application availability and to make better use of their existing data center resources through application resource control, balancing and repurposing.

The software provider uses automation to improve the operations of large data centers by helping to maintain application service levels, and potentially cutting operations costs in half.

According to the press release, "starting point solutions with Cassatt show a payback in less than one year."

In addition to this latest partnership with Bull, Cassatt also has many other partnerships with BladeLogic, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Sun, VMware, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard and Citrix.

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