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Server Virtualization Best Practices Illustrated in Evolving Solutions Data Center Leaders Interview Series

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Insight revealed by Dan Kusnetzky, ZDNet blogger and founding partner of Kusnetzky group, ensures companies new to virtualization avoid mistakes commonly made when implementing any new IT solutionMinneapolis, MN March 9, 2009 — www.evolvingsol.com — Evolving Solutions, a leading server virtualization and storage consolidation solution provider, is offering critical insight to companies who have either just implemented or are planning to implement server virtualization.  Absorbing this insight ensures companies are both aware of mistakes that could be made when employing server virtualization and how best to avoid them.”Data Center Leaders: Server Virtualization Best Practices With Dan Kusnetzky” posts a recent discussion between Kusnetzky and Judie Van Keulen, Evolving Solutions’ head blogger.  In the interview, Van Keulen seeks to paint server virtualization in an accurate light to companies who may tend to view it as an out-of-the-box cure-all for every IT related business woe.“Server virtualization, deservedly so, is gaining mainstream awareness in the business community as a component of viable IT strategy, particularly as it relates to data center cost avoidance,” states Van Keulen.  “With this awareness, however, come misconceptions about what server virtualization can or cannot provide. The purpose of my discussion with Kusnetzky was to ensure our readers have the most accurate view of this powerful IT solution.”Kusnetzky is a founding partner with the Kusnetzky Group and posts on virtualization related topics regularly to ZDNet’s Virtually Speaking.  Having been involved with information technology since the late 1970s, Kusnetzky has long been on the forefront of new IT solutions.  In his former role as vice president for IDC’s System Software, Kusnetzky was responsible for research and analysis on the worldwide market for operating environments and virtualization software.“Whoa, big fella (or lovely lady in the case of a female executive), what is your overall plan to deploy virtualization technology and how does that fit into your overall IT plan?” Kusnetzky offered as an opening remark aimed at those companies who have just implemented server virtualization.In response, Van Keulen asked Kusnetzky to highlight the mistakes he has witnessed companies making after implementing server virtualization.Kusnetzky answered in kind:“I’m often surprised that executives who have grabbed onto virtual machine technology as a panacea don’t have a clear understanding of the following:•    What applications and application components are running on what physical and/or virtual machines?•    How do these components relate to both the network and storage infrastructure?•    Who is responsible for managing each component, of the underlying physical machines, for the underlying network, for the underlying storage?•    Does the organization’s license management and support policies have a way to deal with easily copied virtual machines that could, in the end, be updated at different rates?•    Have failure scenarios been explored and plans been created to address what happens if a physical machine, a disk or a network router fail?One clear message to remember is something Alan Lakein once said, ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’”“The key insight offered by Kusnetzky is that server virtualization, as a solution, should fit into a company’s overall IT plan, rather than be the plan itself,” states Van Keulen.  “While this insight was offered in regards to virtualization, it is insight that should be leveraged when implementing any new IT solution.”Evolving Solutions’ complete interview with Kusnetzky Group founding partner and ZDNet blogger, Dan Kusnetzky, may be found on Evolving Solutions’ Evolving IT blog. http://www.evolvingsol.com/blog/2009/02/10/server-virtualization-best-practices/About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager Software implementation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and implementation; Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.###

Green IT&Energy Efficient Data Centers Equal Cost Avoidance For Businesses, Per Evolving Solutions Data Center Leaders Interview Series

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

‘Data Center Leaders’ blog interview series shares insight from Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, regarding the bottom-line benefits of green IT practices for businessesMinneapolis, MN February 18, 2009 — www.evolvingsol.com — Evolving Solutions, a leading business continuity and data disaster recovery solution provider, is alerting businesses to the benefits of green IT and energy efficient data centers, by sharing insight from Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, in its “Data Center Leaders” blog interview series.”Data Center Leaders: Green IT Equals Data Center Cost Avoidance With Toby Velte, PhD” represents a recent conversation between Velte and Evolving Solutions’ head blogger Judie Van Keulen.  In the interview, VanKeulen looks to Velte to help shatter stereotypes regarding the green movement by focusing on how the power and cost savings benefits of these practices directly contribute to a company’s bottom-line.Velte, a Global Technology Strategist with Microsoft, is a passionate advocate for green IT practices, having co-authored the book “Green IT: Reduce Your Information System’s Environmental Impact While Adding to the Bottom Line.”  To best position green IT against an almost inevitable backlash, Velte ensures any discussion on this topic focuses on a business’s bottom-line.”Green IT and energy efficient data centers represent significant cost savings potential for businesses by dramatically reducing a company’s power needs.  Unfortunately, green IT practices also carry with them the ‘fad’ label for many businesses,” states Van Keulen.  “One of the main questions I had for Velte was how best green IT can be sold as a legitimate business strategy, in the face of it being seen by many as a passing business whim.”Velte answered in kind:“By way of an oversimplification, organizations can look at green IT projects through two lenses:•    Being driven by corporate responsibility or altruism•    Like any other IT project, in terms of the pressures of capitalism“I try to cast each green IT project through the latter.  If we can’t produce the most fantastic ROI for these projects they will ultimately not be funded and carried out and I want (like others who appreciate the environment) to get these projects funded and completed.”Velte also revealed that by taking advantage of the power savings associated with green IT practices, many companies will experience even greater cost savings by eliminating the need to build new data centers.  The main beneficial factor behind a company’s ability to hold off building new data centers is the marked increase in efficiency green IT practices bring to current data centers.“While the need for more storage and speed are omnipresent, power is no longer cheap and ubiquitous,” concludes Velte.  “Using green techniques, the enormous cost associated with building a new data center can be deferred for years or eliminated altogether.”Evolving Solutions’ complete interview with Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, may be found on Evolving Solutions’ Evolving IT blog. http://www.evolvingsol.com/blog/2009/02/03/greenit/About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager Software implementation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and implementation; Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.###

Data Center Cost Reduction and Green IT Discussed On Evolving Solutions’ “Data Center Leaders” Blog Series

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Insight shared from FOCUS Consulting President Barb Goldworm offers tips on how businesses can reduce IT costs, in part, with green strategiesMinneapolis, MN February 10, 2009 — Evolving Solutions (www.evolvingsol.com)  leader in data center cost avoidance and disaster recovery announces its second interview in the “Data Center Leaders” interview series.In the “Data Center Leaders: Data Center Cost Avoidance With Barb Goldworm,” posted this month, finds Evolving Solutions’ head blogger Judie Van Keulen sitting down with FOCUS President and Chief Analyst, Barb Goldworm.Evolving Solutions’ goal in interviewing Goldworm was to understand what strategies could be used to include moving towards green IT and implementing server virtualization as potential avenues for data center cost avoidance.Goldworm is the author of “Blade Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs,” and has over 30 years in the data systems and storage arena. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been ranked as one of the top expert speakers at events such as Storage Networking World, Data Center Decisions and many others. She also chairs the virtualization tracks at Interop, and Blade Systems Insight, and is a frequent judge for virtualization solutions at industry events such as VMworld.”Evolving Solutions wants to offer existing and potential clients information that will not only educate them on the services that we offer, but the latest and greatest technology and options available to ensure success in their company,” states Van Keulen. “Goldworm’s insight into data center cost avoidance will help guide our clients and prospective clients to making informative decisions regarding their business’s success and growth.”Goldworm’s advice to companies wanting to learn new strategies in reducing data center costs includes:•    Virtualization of entire infrastructure which can reduce space, power, cooling, hardware, maintenance and management costs.•    Blade systems which can increase efficiencies in power and cooling, as well as reducing space and decreasing cabling costs.•    Green Computing which can contribute to major cost reduction in power and cooling costs.According to Goldworm, “Green IT has huge financial benefits, but often the benefits fall into the facilities budget. The costs fall in the IT budget. Success comes when the two organizations work together at the upper management level and see the overall benefit to the corporation. In a way, green IT is a great way to fund the move to a new virtual infrastructure running on new and improved modular hardware.”Evolving Solutions interview with FOCUS’ Barb Goldworm may be found by visiting the “Data Center Leaders” section of Evolving Solutions Evolving IT blog at http://www.evolvingsol.com/blog/category/data-center-leaders/.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage Virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager software implementation, disaster recovery and Business Continuity planning and implementation; Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.

Self Healing Data Storage Consolidation Solution Offered by Evolving Solutions Quickly Recovers Mission Critical Data

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

IBM XIV Able To Regenerate Data Loss Due To Disk FailureMinneapolis, MN- December 9, 2008 — http://www.evolvingsol.com — Evolving Solutions, a leading server virtualization and storage consolidation provider, is one of ten Certified IBM Business Partners in the United States to offer IBM’s XIV, a self healing data storage consolidation solution. IBM’s XIV is able to repair and restore data loss due to disk failure within approximately thirty minutes, versus the hours or days needed by alternative solutions.Evolving Solutions is offering IBM XIV immediately for client demonstrations in its Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC).“It is essential to have a system that can effectively store, consolidate and protect mission critical data,” stated Jaime Gmach, President of Evolving Solutions. “We have seen a need for IBM’s XIV Storage Consolidation System as high volumes of data are outpacing an IT department’s ability to store and manage the data by traditional means. By the introduction of the XIV, IBM is providing another option for businesses to store and protect their data.”DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems, leading analyst in disaster r,ecovery estimates disk failure accounts for 38 percent of data loss incidents in businesses across the United States each year. Disk failure for these companies results in data loss that can derail large, costly projects.As business controls and compliance concerns drive the increase of information risk management and zero tolerance for data loss, IBM’s XIV provides continual data protection capabilities resulting in a better level of assurance for IT departments.The speed of data access in a recovery scenario and the deep application protection it provides, makes IBM’s XIV Storage Consolidation System an excellent choice to address growing data needs, improving application availability and reducing data loss for businesses of any size.“IBM’s XIV is a game changing data storage solution,” stated Mike Keeler, Senior Storage Consultant, Evolving Solutions.”The architecture overcomes traditional storage challenges from other manufacturers. We are seeing tremendous customer interest in this technology.”If you would like to schedule a demonstration of the XIV Storage System at Evolving Solutions, please call Mike Keeler at 763-516-6555 ext. 542About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager Software implementation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and implementation, Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.

Energy Efficient IT Technologies Provide Competitive Business Advantage

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Server and storage consolidation provider Evolving Solutions partners with IBM to share green IT technologies designed to lower the data center costs of any type of companyMinneapolis, MN May, 12, 2008 — http://www.evolvingsol.com — Evolving Solutions, a leading server virtualization and storage consolidation provider, is ensuring firms reach a new competitive advantage by sharing revolutionary new energy efficient and cost effective IT technologies this week at an exclusive breakfast briefing.Evolving Solutions and IBM are excited would like announce that they will hosting “The Road To A Cost Efficient Data Center” this Thursday, May 15th at the Double Tree in Minneapolis.This informative seminar will share new cost effective ways that businesses can effectively lower the costs of running their data centers while still achieving a competitive advantage.Join Evolving Solutions as they also share how some early adopter have already experienced a cost savings of up to 40% by implementing green IT practices in their businesses.The original press release can be found in the Evolving Solutions News Room.

'Is Tape Dead'As A Data Backup and Recovery Solution? Asks Evolving Solutions

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Expert insights offered in article and gathered in exclusive survey, offer insights on data and storage consolidation that are resonating throughout the IT industry. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 8, 2007 — Evolving Solutions, a leading data backup and recovery and storage consolidation provider is sharing crisp new thoughts on data backup with the article and corresponding survey “Is Tape Dead?””Is Tape Dead?” , penned by Evolving Solutions Director of Professional Services Chris Taylor, delves into the current and evolving mind swell surrounding data backup and recovery. By shining a light on the very realistic pros and cons to both tape and disc storage techniques, Taylor helps solidify a creative and practical approach to data storage that includes both.”One way to address both the need for faster restores and a solution for longer term storage and archiving of data is to utilize both tape and disk,” states Taylor in the article. “For example, critical backup data can be stored on disk for rapid restore, a copy of the critical data can be copied to tape, and less critical data can be staged to disk and then written directly to tape. Using this method, less critical data can be staged to tape over time while mission critical data is available for rapid restore.”Taylor’s article is striking a chord throughout the industry. According to recent survey results compiled by Evolving Solutions, a large percentage of leading IT decision makers are heeding this combination approach, and seeing not only better data management, but disaster preparedness.In evaluating their firm’s individual data backup and recovery needs however, decision makers always must first answer the question of practicality. For example, how critical a component is tape storage to their data storage solution when paired with newer disk storage technologies?While firms ponder this, how does Taylor answer his over-arching question, Is Tape Dead?”Tape isn’t dead; it has just changed its positioning in the lifecycle of data storage,” continues Taylor.”Going forward the IT firms who balance a powerful collaboration between these two solutions will be those that most effectively match the right service levels to the appropriate costs associated with the value placed on the data.”Readers are invited to share their thoughts on Is Tape Dead? at www.evolvingsol.com/istapedead.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Tivoli Storage Manager and Disaster Recovery Solutions. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC). For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions, Inc.Elm Creek Business Park3989 County Road 116Hamel, MN 55340www.evolvingsol.com# # #

Evolving Solutions Proudly Offers Powerful New Data Replication Solution in Collaboration With Partner NetApp

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

ReplicatorX will allow Evolving Solutions customers to achieve migration from any data storage device to any storage device, regardless of brand or physical distanceMinneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 8, 2007 — http://www.evolvingsol.com — Evolving Solutions, a leading storage consolidation and server virtualizaton provider, has announced its new offering of ReplicatorX data replication solutions in collaboration with partner NetApp.”NetApp’s ReplicatorX solutions are revolutionary in the sense that our customers will now be able to share data between any brand of data storage devices, whether they reside in the same room, state, or even country,” states Chris Taylor, Evolving Solutions Director of Professional Services and Solution Sales.Before ReplicatorX, data migration could be a financially daunting trial for firms of any size. Larger firms would face the challenge of sharing data between globally spread servers. Smaller firms, meanwhile, would face the hurdle of making costly upgrades to secondary storage devices to sync with the primary server.ReplicatorX will minimize financial concerns of smaller firms by allowing data to easily synch between large, primary storage devices to smaller, less expensive devices, while simultaneously making the concerns of sharing data on a global scale a thing of the past for larger firms.”We’re proud to announce this new offering that will help our clients, big and small, achieve their IT goals,” continues Taylor. “ReplicatorX ensures an efficient solution for our customers most pressing IT needs.”About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Tivoli Storage Manager and Disaster Recovery Solutions. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC). For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com.# # #

Evolving Solutions Competes for “Best IBM System x™ Solution” Title

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Minneapolis, MN, April 11, 2007 – http://www.evolvingsol.com – Evolving Solutions, a leading storage consolidation and server virtualization provider, is proud to have been named a finalist in the upcoming IBM Beacon Awards.Evolving Solutions, who won the 2006 Beacon Award for the “Best IBM TotalStorage® On Demand Solution,” is this year competing in the “Best IBM System x™ Solution” category.“It’s an honor to be named a finalist in the IBM Beacon Awards,” said Jaime Gmach, President & CEO of Evolving Solutions. “There is nothing more prestigious than being recognized by IBM, the true leader in this industry.”Evolving Solutions was named a finalist based on its “High Performance SQL Database Environment Solution” that was designed for a technology services provider that serves the airline industry.The “High Performance SQL Database Environment Solution” enabled Evolving Solutions’ customer to cut system configuration times, lower software costs and increase CPU response times.One year into the engagement, Evolving Solutions has helped its customer level costs for its database layer while providing substantial scalability moving forward.“The High Performance SQL Database Environment Solutions was nominated for an IBM Beacon Award because of its successful use of high-end Intel System x servers,” said John Gilmore, Sales Manager at Evolving Solutions. “The customer was highly impressed with the deployment because it outperformed all other previous systems and enabled them to substantially increase their sales.”Winners of the 2007 IBM Beacon Awards will be announced on April 30, 2007 at the IBM PartnerWorld Conference in St. Louis.For more information on Evolving Solutions’ nominated solution, read the System x case study at: http://www.evolvingsol.com/beaconAbout Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Tivoli Storage Manager and Disaster Recovery Solutions. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC). For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com/BPIC .

Evolving Solutions Approved By IBM To Teach TotolStorage Productivity Center Classes

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 22, 2007 – http://www.evolvingsol.com – Evolving Solutions, a leading data on demand and storage/server virtualization expert, is proud to announce that Mike Keeler, Senior Storage Consultant, is approved to teach the IBM authorized content material for the TotalStorage Productivity Center (TPC) class.As an Authorized Independent Training Provider (AITP) for IBM Systems, Evolving Solutions is now offering IBM users, and prospective users, expanded opportunities to meet their technical IBM hardware training needs for technology solutions including:• AIX 5L• System p, LPAR and Virtualization• TotalStorage Productivity CenterEvolving Solutions is now offering:- Technical TotalStorage training from an instructor with extensive hands-on IBM System experience, and- Authorized IBM courses taught at the Evolving Solutions Hamel, MN, state of the art, training facility“Evolving Solutions is limiting attendance of the TotalStorage Productivity training courses to an intimate group of 7 in order to provide highly individualized IBM product instruction,” said Keeler.Registration for the class can be found at http://www.evolvingsol.com/sitepages/pid47.php or by calling 800-294-4362 x539.Training will take place at the state of the art Evolving Solutions training center at:Elm Creek Business Park3989 County Road 116Hamel, MN 55340About Evolving Solutions:Proud to have been recently named a CRN Magazine Fast Growth 100 Company, Evolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Data On Demand, Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC).For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com/BPIC .###

Storage Virtualization&Data On Demand Provider, Evolving Solutions, Celebrates 10 Years of Success – Explains How The IT Storage Industry Has Evolved

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, December 14, 2006 http://www.evolvingsol.com/ – Evolving Solutions, an IT storage architect providing data on demand, storage virtualization and disaster recovery solutions, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.Evolving Solutions offers IT storage architecture services and solutions to help businesses optimize their storage environment for better efficiency and a greater total cost of ownership.  As Evolving Solutions has grown in the last ten years, co-founders Jaime Gmach and Rebecca Olson have watched the IT storage industry also evolve.“It’s amazing to reflect on how much we have achieved in the last 10 years,” said Jaime Gmach, President and CEO.  “We have grown Evolving Solutions from a husband and wife duo into a $60 Million company with 49 employees. Not only has Evolving Solutions been consistently named one of the fastest growing companies in the Twin Cities, but we have also been recognized as a rapidly growing storage company on a national level.”At their inception in 1996, Evolving Solutions had many requests for RS6000 hardware and peripherals.  Evolving Solutions differentiated itself by providing technical support which today still remains one of its main differentiators.  Over the past few years, the IT storage industry has started to focus more and more on storage and server virtualization technology and the related benefits, including greater total cost of ownership and a positive impact on a company’s bottom-line.Server and storage virtualization solutions are a step towards autonomic computing, which is Evolving Solutions’ ultimate goal – to be able to offer customers effortless data on-demand.From their humble beginnings in an old warehouse with 2 computers and 2 phones, to their present day 25,000 square foot warehouse and office facility in Hamel, MN, Evolving Solutions is focused on continuing to grow at a whirlwind pace.  By evolving their business in response to industry needs, Evolving Solutions has increased its revenue year over year.“The IT storage industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last ten years,” said Rebecca Olson, Vice President, Evolving Solutions.  “We are dedicated to being on the cutting edge of technology development so as to give our customers the best service possible.”For more information on Evolving Solutions’ cutting edge solutions, including server virtualization, storage virtualization and data on-demand. visit http://www.evolvingsol.com/.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an IT storage architect and open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Data On Demand, Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Evolving Solutions is both a CRN Magazine Fast Growth 100 and a Twin Cities Business Journal Fast 50 company. Evolving Solutions is also an IBM Premier Business Partner with an onsite Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC).

 
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