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Pivot3 Announces Strategic Partnership with Data City Exchange


Pivot3, a US-based leading provider of unified storage and compute appliances, today announced a strategic partnership with UK-based next generation data center provider Data City Exchange (dce) for the deployment of VMware View-based virtual desktop infrastructure and storage services targeted at the mid-market in the UK and Ireland.

This partnership will deliver mid-market customers a range of hosted “off-the-shelf” packaged deployments based on the Pivot3 vSTAC™ appliances running within the dce Evo-POD™ data center modules. Packaged deployments will include “Storage-as-a-Service” and “Desktop-as-a-Service” and will be configured and tailored for vertical markets within local government, media and finance.

The Pivot3 vSTAC VDI appliances are purpose-built to fill the gap in the VDI mid-market segment. They unify the delivery of virtualized desktops with scale-out SAN storage across simple to consume commodity appliances.  The Pivot3 vSTAC VDI product is a stackable virtual desktop infrastructure appliance that delivers a unified high-performance compute and storage platform for VMware View environments. This allows customers to have the benefits of enterprise-class SAN storage while eliminating the barriers of cost and complexity.

Through their strategic partnership Pivot3 and dce will deliver a range of on-demand virtual business applications which will be hosted within dce’s unique, sustainable Evo-POD data center modules and delivered across a combined VMware and Pivot3 technology platform. The Evo-POD is available in mixed density 96, 48 and 24 rack modules and can be delivered using evaporative free air or water chilled cooling. 

Commenting on the partnership, Tim Chambers, technical director of dce said, “the dce ethos is about strength in delivery through our network of technology partners and our strategic partnership with Pivot3 is testament to this. The industry is demanding innovative solutions to their business practices and, working alongside Pivot3, dce can provide scalable applications with will meet and exceed their business goals. The combined Pivot3 dce VDI solution demonstrates how business critical applications can be delivered not only simply and affordably, but also environmentally efficiently.”

The Pivot3 vSTAC VDI solution is a "pay-as-you-grow" low entry cost appliance model that allows simple future planning with the same cost basis at one hundred virtual desktops or over one thousand virtual desktops. Its linear scalability in terms of cost and performance makes it an ideal choice for an on-demand solution. 

Welcoming the announcement, Dieter Kondek, vice president and general manager, international at Pivot3 said, “this partnership presents a very powerful combination of disruptive technologies which will deliver exceptional value and compelling benefits to customers in both the UK and Ireland. Apart from Pivot3’s unique application value, Pivot3 vSTAC appliances also reduce power and cooling by 40 percent and when combined with the dce Evo-POD, this drives even greater environmental efficiencies.”

John Eland, managing director of dce, added, “we are delighted to be working with Pivot3 to deliver cutting edge virtualized business solutions hosted within our secure next generation data center facilities.  This is a clear illustration of our on-going commitment to deliver enterprise class cloud services that are both rapid in deployment and best in class.” 

Birmingham and Belfast have been selected by dce to be the first in a series of next generation data centers being built across the UK, Ireland and Europe. These high security modular sites are specifically designed to house the Evo-POD and will deliver capacity in excess of 1400 racks at each location. These major flagship facilities are due for completion in Q1 2013 and will complement the dce offering of interconnected data center co-location spaces at over 15 existing third party locations across Europe. 

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Additional Pivot3 information for VMware resellers and partners can also be found on VMware Partner Central.

About Pivot3

Pivot3 was founded in 2003 on the idea that today’s stack of servers, storage and networks could be radically simplified and unified to drive down complexity and cost. The company has over 500 customers across the globe deploying the Pivot3 storage and compute vSTAC™.  Pivot3 products are deployed have seen particular success in the public sector, transportation, education and retail vertical segments. The company has won numerous awards and was most recently selected by the Wall Street Journal for the prestigious "2011 Next Big Thing" category. To learn more about Pivot3, visit www.pivot3.com.

About Data City Exchange

Data City Exchange (dce), a private equity backed data centre operator, was founded in 2008 to offer bespoke networked data centre solutions to the global corporate market. The company is currently building 2 major commercial data centres in Birmingham and Belfast, both scheduled to open in April 2013. The innovative dce data centre design is based around the Evo-POD, a self-contained 96-rack module that forms a “data centre within a data centre solution”. The Evo-POD design enables dce to offer world leading target PUE levels of sub 1.10 and can also be deployed as an external data center in its own right. For more information visit www.datacityexchange.com    


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