Alliant Technologies Announces Opening of Virtualized Data Center Lab


Morristown, NJ – June 16, 2010 –Alliant Technologies announced today that it has launched a virtualized infrastructure demonstration lab in their customer briefing center at its corporate headquarters. This lab highlights the combined power and vision of a purpose-built platform for virtualization and cloud computing, through the integration of the Cisco Unified Computing System, NetApp Storage, and VMware virtualization products.

The specific technologies employed include: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-series blade servers, Cisco 10GB Ethernet Switches, Cisco MDS Fabric Switches, a NetApp FAS SAN, and VMware vSphere 4.0, View 4.0 and View Composer.

“Our customers have been telling us they need to see the dynamic virtual data center in action – not on paper,” stated Alliant Technologies Sales Vice President, Linda McGuigan. “This new lab allows us to demonstrate the efficiency of virtual machines, pooled storage, and even allows customers to test some of their legacy business applications. It’s a ‘proof of concept’ about the benefits our customers can realize in their own environments.”

The lab showcases many of the benefits of the integrated solution, which includes: a centralized management platform, Cisco’s fabric switching matrix which integrates Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), to save significantly on cabling, power and space; increased scalability with one UCS blade server supporting up to 30 virtual servers or 100 virtual desktops; and more efficient data management, with pooled storage using NetApp’s multi-protocol platform and de-duplication feature, saving a guaranteed 50% on disk space. 

Alliant Technologies is a Cisco Gold Partner, and is also certified as an ATP (Authorized Technology Partner) for UCS B-series blade and C-series rack-mount servers.  Alliant also holds a Gold partnership with NetApp and Enterprise-level partnership with VMware.  Alliant is one of a select few integrators in the Northeast who can design, deploy and maintain these types of Data Center configurations. For more information, or to arrange a demonstration of the lab’s capabilities, contact your Alliant Account Manager or contact Alliant at 973-267-5236.

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About Alliant Technologies, LLC
Headquartered in Morristown, NJ with sales and service offices across the Northeast, Alliant Technologies, LLC is a certified and experienced IT engineering and operations firm delivering integrated IT infrastructure solutions.  Alliant’s services include: borderless networking, IP collaboration, server and desktop virtualization, data storage, Alliant Managed Services, and infrastructure cabling.  Alliant assures your success with a proven Project Management methodology, consistent engineering oversight applied from pre- to post-sale, and a comprehensive set of lifecycle services. Alliant Technologies creates IT solutions that make your business more powerful and profitable.  Alliant Technologies. Consult. Connect. Care.

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