Scalent Systems provides real-time management and automation software for virtual and physical infrastructure to data centres worldwide.

Global HQ: Palo Alto, California, US Website:

Global leader: Ben Linder, CEO

Local leader: Jeffrey Webb, director, APAC

Core activity: Management and automation software for virtual and physical infrastructure

Revenue: Not disclosed

Key customers: Blackboard, Credit Suisse, EDS, Wachovia

Employees: 40

Scalent Systems provides real-time management and automation software for virtual and physical infrastructure to data centres worldwide.

Scalent’s software enables data centres to react to changing business needs by dynamically changing what servers are running and can transition, and how those servers are connected to network and storage. The result is effectively internal enterprise ‘cloud control’ — a real time infrastructure where data centres can transition between different configurations — or from bare metal to live connected servers — in five minutes or less, without physical intervention.

The company claims enterprises can make savings from reducing server counts, simplifying manageability and increasing reliability. A number of Fortune 1000 companies use Scalent for business continuity, QA test infrastructure automation and IT operations.

InfoWorld magazine, which has rated Scalent as a “company to watch” says the company’s software is not storage virtualisation software, nor network virtualisation software, nor deployment software. “It’s an integrated platform that enables admins to quickly and easily deploy, move, repurpose, and clone server instances, automatically changing network settings, storage and LUN settings and more to reflect the needs of each system. “By integrating control of your network switches, storage switches, storage hardware, and virtual environment into a single console, it provides flexibility and capabilities that are hard to imagine if you’re used to a standard hardware-based environment.”

Scalent, however, “is not inexpensive,” it notes. The company prices in packs of managed physical CPU sockets (regardless of the number of cores) and it costs about US$1000 per physical socket. This applies only to managed systems and can run any number of VMs on each system. But given the flexibility and control Scalent provides, the cost is worth it, InfoWorld claims. “Any large datacentre, or networks with requirements for scalability or failover, or environments with rapidly changing requirements that make regular re-purposing of systems a necessity, should consider Scalent.” Darren Greenwood, with reporting from Logan G. Harbaugh, InfoWorld

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