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Platform Computing Announces New Linux Cluster Management Solution Developed with HP


Platform HPC for ICE-Linux Helps Reduce Cost and Complexity of HP Server Clusters

TORONTO, March 18 -- Platform Computing, the global leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) management software, announces the release of the Platform HPC for ICE-Linux, a solution developed with HP, which combines the power of Platform Computing with the multi-systems management of HP Insight Control suite for Linux (ICE-Linux). The solution will allow customers to easily deploy HPC cluster environments using an out-of-the-box software solution that supports superior performance, growth and scalability while reducing cost and complexity.

Platform HPC for ICE-Linux offers HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem customers and resellers a simple path for incorporating HPC into IT infrastructures. The solution integrates a combination of Platform, HP and open source technologies, and builds on the established HP ProLiant system management technology, HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM) for monitoring and provisioning capabilities. HP SIM allows unified infrastructure management across HP platforms and provides HP ICE-Linux with the basis for deep insight, precise control and ongoing optimization for expanding physical and virtual Linux environments. Platform HPC for ICE-Linux provides customers with powerful tools to manage the software stack, including a comprehensive toolkit for high performance computing, a workload manager, resource management tools and the remote control and advanced power management functions of ICE-Linux.

As IT budgets come under increasing pressure, Platform HPC for ICE-Linux allows customers to leverage existing HP investments and open source tools within Platform Open Cluster Stack (OCS) 5 to reduce the complexity and costs within IT infrastructures. Platform OCS 5 is based on the open source Project Kusu. Project Kusu is designed from the ground up to deliver the next generation of cluster management software. Customers and resellers will minimize the disruption of implementing additional new technologies and services, cut costs associated with HPC cluster projects, and reduce the impact that monitoring and management tools have on performance as infrastructures scale.

"Platform is extremely pleased to be able to deliver its next generation of HPC management software seamlessly to customers. Platform has been working with HP for over 15 years and the launch of Platform HPC for ICE-LX further extends the benefits of Platform technologies to make IT infrastructures work more effectively," said Tripp Purvis, Vice President, Business Development, Platform Computing. "The combined solution provides customers and resellers with the ability to create a flexible solution for delivering and managing HPC clusters. Platform HPC for ICE-Linux provides customers with tangible cost and productivity benefits."

"Customers are demanding software solutions that will simplify high performance computing deployments and maximize return on their technology investments," said Ed Turkel, Product Marketing Manager, Scalable Computing and Infrastructure organization, HP. "HP ProLiant and BladeSystem technologies combined with Platform HPC for ICE-Linux allow customers to leverage their existing infrastructure in order to build an easy-to-manage, as well as scalable, HPC environment.."

The solution will be marketed and sold through HP and its resellers. For additional information on Platform HPC for ICE-Linux visit www.hp.com/go/PlatformHPC. More information on the Kusu project visit www.hpccommunity.org.

About Platform Computing

Platform Computing provides software that dynamically connects IT resources to workload demand according to business policies. Over 2,000 of the world's largest organizations rely on our solutions to improve IT productivity and reduce data center costs. Platform has strategic relationships with Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, and SAS. Building on 16 years of market leadership, Platform continues to help data centers be more efficient, responsive and dynamic. Visit www.platform.com.

CONTACT: North America: The Bateman Group, Lisa Melsted, +1-415-503-1818, ext. 15, platform@bateman-group.com; or Europe: +Hotwire, Stuart Wragg, +44 (0) 20-7608-4672, platform@hotwirepr.com; or Asia Pacific: Platform Computing, Lorraine Sutton (McAlpine), +1-905-948-4247, lorraine@platform.com

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