IBM PureFlex and SmartCloud Entry Allow Zetark to Help Customers Deploy Clouds Quickly

IBM PureFlex and SmartCloud Entry Allow Zetark to Help Customers Deploy Clouds

New SmartCloud portfolio reinforces IBM's commitment to open standards

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., May 17, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
that French Managed Services Provider (MSP) Zetark will deploy their
enterprise cloud storage services on PureFlex running IBM SmartCloud Entry.
IBM PureFlex provides Zetark with a fully integrated set of server, storage,
network and management resources allowing them to provision new environments
for customers rapidly and at low incremental cost.


Established in 2012, as subsidiary of Groupe BECI, Zetark is a specialist
provider of cloud-based storage and infrastructure-as-a-service solutions. As
a start-up business, Zetark needed to quickly create a low-cost, scalable IT
infrastructure in order to succeed. Energy efficiency was also an important
consideration, both for environmental and cost reasons as the company wanted
to bring its innovative cloud solution to market rapidly, without excessively
high initial costs and with the ability to grow in the near future.

As a result of the new solution, Zetark has been able cut the typical customer
deployment time from two months to just two weeks. Additionally, PureFlex
delivers extremely low power consumption - just 750 watts for 1 PB of data
storage - and allows customers to deploy virtual servers in just 30 seconds.

"SmartCloud Entry enables us to respond to customer needs, and gives us the
ability to do granular billing based on their precise usage of memory, disk
and processing resources. Our primary offering is centered on storage, but we
also have the flexibility to offer a broader set of IaaS solutions," said
Maxime Aernout, General Manager of Zetark. "The combination of the Linux KVM
hypervisor with IBM SmartCloud Entry and PureFlex enables us to run a highly
flexible yet low-cost infrastructure."

Today, IBM also announced that it is expanding its support for open standards
in the Cloud computing market with the latest version of IBM SmartCloud Entry.
Working with industry open standards groups - including the OpenStack
community - IBM is helping to drive faster innovation and lower development
costs by providing a common technology base for all SmartCloud Foundation

"As a Platinum Foundation member and active contributor to OpenStack, IBM is
continuing to drive innovation while extending our leadership in support of
open cloud standards," said Jacqueline Woods, Vice President, Global
Marketing, Systems Software and Growth Initiatives, IBM Systems and Technology
Group. "This newest release of IBM SmartCloud Entry provides an innovative,
cost-effective cloud platform for a broad range of companies."

IBM SmartCloud Entry transforms virtualized systems into a ready-made, highly
scalable cloud infrastructure that empowers end users with new services on
demand. With today's announcement, IBM SmartCloud Entry now provides a greater
selection of hypervisors to choose from. [1] SmartCloud Entry also includes an
enhanced end-user Web portal for rapid self-service workload provisioning, as
well as pre-configured virtual machine images that allow clients and Business
Partners to further adapt their Cloud assets to meet their business needs.

The newest version of the IBM SmartCloud Entry product will be generally
available June 14, for more information on IBM SmartCloud Entry visit:

For more information on IBM PureSystems visit:

For more information on Zetark visit:

For IBM Business Partners visit:

[1] Microsoft's Hyper-V joins VMware ESX, PowerVM, and KVM as supported

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IBM Communications
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Jay Cadmus
IBM Communications
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