SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 3Leaf Systems,
provider of next-generation virtualization solutions for enterprise data
centers, today introduced the 3Leaf Systems V-8000 Virtual I/O Server.
Virtualizing the I/O subsystems for large pools of servers, the V-8000
delivers mainframe-class availability and resiliency for commodity systems
while dramatically reducing both capital and maintenance costs.
The V-8000's rich feature set addresses the challenges facing today's
enterprise data centers by maximizing server resource utilization and
scalability, speeding up the deployment and provisioning of new servers,
and providing high availability and centralized management while reducing
both capital and operating costs. Capital expenditure savings from
deploying the V- 8000 can exceed 50 percent on day one, and operations
savings can be close to 60 percent.
Virtual Compute Environment(TM) Delivers Scale-up Resiliency and
The first offering on 3Leaf's roadmap of virtualization solutions, the
V-8000 delivers scalable I/O connectivity for servers residing in the 3Leaf
Virtual Compute Environment (VCE). In addition to providing highly scalable
and efficient I/O, the VCE architecture minimizes the cost of putting
commodity servers into service by removing the need for local networking
and storage. The servers are stateless, commodity nodes that efficiently
connect to virtual Network Interface Cards, virtual Host Bus Adapters, and
virtual disks through the V-8000. This I/O consolidation results in fewer
connections to the data and storage networks supporting the VCE, which
translates into capital savings; and because there is less to manage,
overall operating expenditures are reduced as well.
Cost savings are driving the overall IT consolidation market, which IDC
projects will grow from $18.1 billion in 2004 to $24.7 billion in 2009,
outpacing growth of the overall IT market worldwide. Virtualization
software sales are expected to rise from $340 million to $15 billion during
that period -- almost a 50-fold increase.
"Traditional scale-out server architectures, when installed and managed
on a large scale, have a very high total cost of ownership, due to the
physical complexities of configuring and connecting so many servers and the
amount of time required for initial provisioning and reprovisioning," said
Mike Kahn, managing director of The Clipper Group, technology acquisition
consultants based in Wellesley, Mass. "3 Leaf Systems' Virtual Compute
Environment changes all of that while also improving the scalability,
effective capacity, and availability of the underlying servers. Their
approach makes a lot of sense!"
V-8000 Features and Benefits
Faster server deployment: The V-8000 enables fast deployment of new
servers in two ways. First, because the V-8000 allows servers to be defined
in advance, spare nodes can have new profiles applied in a matter of
minutes rather than weeks or months. Second, network and storage do not
necessarily need to be involved every time a new server is put into
service, because the network and storage interfaces have been pre-allocated
to these profiles. The streamlined deployment enabled by the V-8000
increases efficiencies and lowers operating costs.
Quality of service for both networking and storage: The V-8000 allows
I/O resources to be allocated using quality of service parameters, which
delivers limits and guarantees to both networking and storage interfaces,
allowing service levels to be dynamically modified as application demand
changes. This results in greatly improved utilization of I/O resources, and
ensures priority applications are running efficiently and delivering
High availability, reduced downtime: The V-8000, along with the VCE,
delivers high resiliency by reducing the number of components, including
local discs, excess network and storage adapters, and switch ports in the
data and storage networks. In addition, the software infrastructure is more
efficient - and the result of reducing the number and flavors of drivers is
less downtime. High availability is supported two ways: First, in case of a
failure, the V- 8000 automatically fails over to a redundant V-8000 with
redundant networking and storage interfaces. Second, the V-8000 has
built-in redundancy for storage and networking, with the ability to
automatically discover redundant storage paths and bond together redundant
networking paths. The V-8000 delivers higher availability and resiliency at
half of the cost of today's infrastructure.
"3Leaf's value proposition immediately resonates with enterprise
companies that are looking for ways to effectively deal with the headaches
of server deployment, increasing costs while still at very low utilization
levels, and the complexities of managing all of their computing resources,"
said Bob Quinn, CEO, 3Leaf Systems. "We anticipate continued company growth
and increased product demand based on the market drivers for a solution
such as ours, and the significant customer traction we have gained in a
short period of time."
About 3Leaf Systems
3Leaf Systems provides next-generation server virtualization solutions
to support both scale-up and scale-out virtual servers in enterprise data
centers. 3Leaf technology simplifies operations by increasing the
utilization and availability of large-scale data center resources. A
private company based in Santa Clara, California, 3Leaf Systems is backed
by investors including Alloy Ventures, Enterprise Partners, Intel Capital,
and Storm Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.3leafsystems.com
or call 408-572-5900.
SOURCE 3Leaf Systems