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May 11, 2009

Latisys expands data center platform with IBM iDataPlex Server

Built for internet-scale computing, iDataPlex claims to decrease energy consumption and data center costs

By CBR Staff Writer

Latisys, a provider of co-location, managed hosting and internet services, is expanding its data center platform with a roll-out of IBM’s new iDataPlex server.

Latisys’s selection of IBM’s compact and energy-efficient iDataPlex server, next-generation technology designed for the emerging Web 2.0 style of computing, is expected to help it expand its hosting services to gaming and media companies.

Latisys has already been working with IBM to deploy blade servers and manage energy consumption. This dual platform is designed to address clients’ immediate needs and position Latisys for anticipated demands.

IBM claims that iDataPlex is built for internet-scale computing. It increases compute density, it can run the equivalent of 84 servers in a rack that measures 4-feet by 2-feet, while decreasing energy consumption and associated data center costs. iDataPlex uses 40% less power, increases by five times the amount of computing done in the same space and can eliminate the need for air conditioning in the data center.

Carlos Oliviera, vice president of Latisys, said: We need a hardware platform for the future. As we bring our successful business model to the interactive media and gaming industries, we’ll require a flexible, highly reliable and energy-efficient data center.

Alex Yost, vice president of systems and technology group at IBM, said: Latisys selected a platform that was purpose-built for the high-density and efficient style of computing required for hosting environments. We’re excited this growing co-location and managed hosting company selected IBM hardware as a foundation for its next-generation offerings.

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