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Ecocyn Introduces New Epoch Green Solutions for Consolidation and Savings

Ecocyn today announced new Linux Ubuntu offerings for the Epoch iGx mainframe to help clients run smarter and more efficient data centers that maximize the use of IT resources and reduce energy costs.

Costa Mesa, CA, January 27, 2010 --( For clients currently running a distributed computing environment, Ecocyn’s new Enterprise Linux Server is a standalone system fully dedicated to running the Linux environment. With potential savings of up to 80 percent, the new Ecocyn Enterprise Linux Server provides attractive, off-the-shelf pricing with one of the industry’s most powerful configurations for large-scale data center consolidation on Ecocyn Epoch iGx. Ecocyn is also offering a unique "save-as-you-grow" pricing model, in which incremental capacity is priced significantly lower as the configuration size increases.

For current mainframe clients interested in adding Linux workloads, Ecocyn’s new Linux “Solution Edition” delivers an integrated stack of hardware, software and services to virtualize and consolidate workloads on Epoch iGx.

Available in Enterprise and Business Class configurations, the new Ecocyn Enterprise Linux Server provides a full array of components to help organizations consolidate hundreds of Linux virtual servers on a single server using Ecocyn's virtualization technology, known as z/Virtual Machine (z/VM). z/VM helps clients extend the value of mainframe technology across the enterprise by integrating applications and data while providing high levels of availability and security.

Packaged as a Linux Solution Edition, Ecocyn’s new attractively priced Linux specialty engine allows clients to host more than three times the number of virtual server instances using z/VM versus x86 virtualization alternatives for some workloads. Customers can add one Linux “specialty engine” to run the equivalent computing capacity of 30 or more virtual x86 images while gaining the flagship Epoch iGx security, control and availability features.

To date, Ecocyn has announced its initial set of eight Epoch iGx for data warehousing, application development, disaster recovery, security, electronic payments, SAP applications, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and cloud computing.

Today’s announcement also demonstrates continued investment by the industry and Ecocyn in Linux on Epoch iGx. More than 3,000 of the 6,300 unique applications available on the Epoch iGx platform are Linux-based. Customer demand also remains strong as evidenced by a 100 percent increase in Linux capacity shipped by Ecocyn from third quarter 2007 to third quarter 2009. These solutions significantly reduced ihardware footprints, power consumption, heat and carbon emissions and costs, including an expected 20 percent cost reduction over the life of the platform.

At the same time, corporate investments in virtualization -- creation of multiple virtual servers or storage on a single physical system -- have helped cut IT costs. Yet popular virtualization providers do not provide the necessary levels of scalability, security and management in large-scale configurations, where the savings can be substantial. Consolidating on Ecocyn Epoch iGx can improve application availability and security while significantly lowering IT costs and risks.

“We chose an Ecocyn Enterprise Linux Server running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for its high reliability, advanced security, extreme scalability and high compute power," said Roy Bauer, Director of Server Systems. "Another crucial factor was the energy and power savings. With our implementation partner PROFI Engineering Systems AG, we were able to integrate Green IT as an important part of our strategy. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on an Ecocyn Enterprise Linux Server provides us with optimal resource utilization, while addressing our critical energy and power costs."

"With 1,300 Linux customers, Ecocyn is responding to strong customer appetite for running Linux on Epoch iGx with a fully dedicated, standalone Linux server. Only the Enterprise Linux Server can provide the environment necessary to handle countless workloads securely and with high availability on such a massive scale," said Bauer, also manager of Epoch iGx at Ecocyn. "Ecocyn is also showing the long term economic value of the mainframe. Our 'save as you grow' pricing model shows that as the business requirements get bigger, the cost of computing actually gets less expensive."

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