SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VMworld Conference -- Azaleos(R) Corporation (www.azaleos.com), leading provider of turnkey, on-premises, managed end to end messaging solutions for Microsoft Exchange environments, today showcased a technology preview of its upcoming Microsoft Exchange 2007 managed virtual appliance, a new extension of the Azaleos OneServer product line. The new Azaleos virtualization functionality for its OneServer messaging appliance will expand Azaleos' set of managed solutions into the virtual world, delivering highly available solutions with lower physical server costs. No other company currently offers managed infrastructure solutions that deliver mission critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange with integrated, best-of-breed monitoring, archiving, disaster recovery, business continuity with remote management, and high availability within a virtualized environment. Azaleos, a leader in Exchange solutions with over 40,000 e-mail seats under management, is seeing its customers starting to examine ways to lower costs by setting virtualization targets for 2008, with some IT organizations setting targets as high as 30 to 100% of their server infrastructure. With the advances in virtualization capabilities this last year, products that don't use all of the resources of the physical server such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Sharepoint, and BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, and yet often require deployment of different servers and server roles, are ripe for virtualization as a standalone project or as part of a server consolidation. Helping enterprises of all sizes achieve significant savings on their hardware infrastructure and server management is a significant benefit of the new Azaleos offering being demonstrated this week in the Key Information Systems booth at the VMworld Conference. "Customers continue to tell us that they want to get the most performance and flexibility out of their server hardware in order to maximize their server investment," said Keith McCall, Azaleos CTO, "Azaleos' virtualization of OneServer will enable customers to increase physical server utilization, reduce costs and create an agile and dynamic e-mail solution. It's all part of Azaleos' ongoing effort to provide the best possible on-premise managed end to end messaging solutions for our customers." Companies can reduce server and storage hardware costs and improve availability through virtualization. Given the momentum behind virtualization in general and specifically behind customer enthusiasm around virtualization functionality, it was a natural next step for Azaleos to focus on a simple way for customers to leverage their investments in VMWare(R) technology as part of a broader push towards radically simplifying their overall IT management efforts. Now, with Azaleos OneServer available on the VMWare platform, IT groups will have more time to devote to strategic solutions that increase business value and rely on Azaleos-managed Microsoft Exchange and other IT infrastructure applications as an on-premise utility via Azaleos OneStop services. Through industry and Azaleos innovation, the barriers that used to exist around being able to virtualize an Exchange Server environment have been removed and customers can now adopt and quickly realize the benefits of server virtualization for their e-mail environments. Virtualization allows Azaleos to provide a low-cost, highly available virtual infrastructure for Microsoft Exchange 2007, which would normally require four physical servers just for the three primary server roles, on only two physical servers and one physical storage device. This functionality reduces costs, improves availability and reliability, and delivers the Azaleos OneServer solution for the first time completely virtualized, reducing time- to-implementation while at the same time delivering highly available Microsoft Exchange 2007. "We have already recognized significant benefits from our investment in the Azaleos OneServer solution," said Peter Henley, IT Director of Clark Nuber CPA's. "Now with the Azaleos virtualization solution just around the corner we are eager to expand our relationship. We're confident that the Azaleos model will allow us to leverage virtualization in the same way it has our messaging systems; by decreasing cost, complexity, time to project completion and maintenance." Although Microsoft has not currently endorsed 64-bit virtualization, Azaleos, will support VMware for virtualized Microsoft Exchange 2007 by maintaining a complete staging server virtualized version of its standard Microsoft Exchange environment alongside the production physical appliance infrastructure. This configuration will allow it to support rapid deployment of patches and updates into the managed virtual appliance. Azaleos is making a long-term commitment to insure that both VMware and Microsoft virtualization technologies will be supported for customers. Once a 64-bit version of Microsoft Viridian that supports 64-bit guests is available from Microsoft, the OneServer virtualization functionality will be extended to encompass both Microsoft and VMware platforms. Key new features of the Azaleos messaging virtualization solution unveiled today include: -- Extremely Rapid Deployment of Microsoft Exchange 2007 in a virtual VMware environment -- Clustered, Highly Available Exchange 2007 Server mailbox, client access, and hub transport roles available for deployment on two physical servers, supporting virtual VMware environments on IBM, HP or Dell server hardware -- Azaleos ViewXchange Monitoring and SecureXchange Remote Management support for both host (physical) and guest (virtual) environments -- Azaleos ArchiveXchange support for archiving content from the Exchange 2007 mailbox server Customers interested in details and additional information relating to OneServer with new virtualization functionality can contact Azaleos directly at http://www.azaleos.com. About Azaleos Azaleos provides the only enterprise-class managed messaging solutions that combine a turnkey on-premise solution with 24x7 remote management and maintenance, ensuring high reliability, availability and performance for our customers' Microsoft Exchange environments. Azaleos OneServer and OneStop Services offer unmatched uptime, proactive monitoring by Exchange experts, patch management, system fixes and reporting. With Azaleos, the Exchange environment remains in the customer's network and messaging just works, enabling IT staff to focus on new initiatives that help grow the business. A standardized, scalable solution, Azaleos managed e-mail solutions can be installed and running in less than a day. Redmond, WA-based Azaleos Corporation, founded by Exchange experts in 2004, is led by senior executives from leading technology companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Lotus. 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