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Press Release

SoftLayer® Offers Citrix EssentialsTM

New Service Enhances XenServer® Virtualization Management

DALLAS—February 10, 2010—SoftLayer Technologies® today announced it has begun offering Citrix Essentials™ for XenServer®, Enterprise Edition. The new service can be added on top of Citrix XenServer virtual machines to extend server virtualization management, providing integration with native storage services, workload balancing, high availability, and performance monitoring and reporting.

Essentials provides IT administrators with advantages throughout the application delivery lifecycle. Intelligent workload placement capabilities optimize computing resource usage, and rapid provisioning streamlines the creation of new virtual machine resources on demand. The solution also simplifies virtual environment storage management with easy backup and maintenance features that integrate with existing storage platforms.

Key benefits include:

  • Optimized use of computing resources
  • Accelerated provisioning
  • Reduced sprawl and energy consumption
  • Simplified maintenance and minimize downtime

"At SoftLayer, we are proud to consistently offer our customers the newest and greatest features. Citrix Essentials is yet another product that gives our customers increased control over management of virtual server environments," said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Technology Officer. "Citrix Essentials adds on features such as high availability to ensure uptime and dynamic workload balancing that helps to distribute workloads intelligently across available resources."

Citrix XenServer Essentials can be provisioned with a server order and is available on order forms as an OS add-on. As with all SoftLayer services, management is available through SoftLayer's leading Customer Portal, where customers will also now be able to view their daily virtual machine count statistics.

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.

James McDowell
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