Leading Croatian IT Solutions Provider Avalon Selects IBM System x for Cloud Services

 Leading Croatian IT Solutions Provider Avalon Selects IBM System x for Cloud
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Selects IBM over Dell; offers premium hosting

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 3, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 3,2013 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today
that leading Croatian Web hosting provider Avalon selected IBM System x
servers over competing Dell offerings for its hybrid cloud infrastructure to
support increasing client demands and enhance the services it offers.

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Established in 1997, Avalon is a managed service provider offering full
hosting capabilities on multiple platforms, including Linux. It provides
services such as Web hosting, virtual private servers, provisioning,
monitoring, online collaboration, email, and domain and application management
to more than 16,000 Web sites across Europe. Avalon's clients span different
segments and industries, including telecommunications operators, state
agencies and local governments, hospitals, and a variety of small and medium
sized businesses.

Faced with a growing demand for hosting services from existing clients and the
need to add new clients and workloads, while adhering to the same quality of
service, security and speed, Avalon decided to consolidate its IT
infrastructure on a hybrid cloud model using IBM System x3550 and x3650
servers.

To ensure continued high performance without downtime and 24/7 support for its
clients, Avalon operates a data center with more than 1,000 fiber optic
connections distributed among three geographically separated routes. This
setup enables enough bandwidth to accommodate future growth. Avalon is also
the only hosting provider in the region with the highest level of
certification for service quality and security -- ISO 9001:2008 and ISO
27001:2005.

"The IBM solution was the best one to fit our needs," said Damir Mujic, CEO,
Avalon. "IBM's System x server platform together with IBM networking provides
a reliable, flexible and cost-effective IT infrastructure that scales as we
grow and can handle diverse workloads. In addition, with IBM we avoid
integration issues arising if we have to deal with different companies
delivering different parts of an overall solution."

Avalon selected IBM System x over Dell after a thorough testing, putting
special focus on IBM's advanced system management features. With the new IT
infrastructure, Avalon gains a powerful and flexible server platform that
reduced its IT footprint by 60 percent, decreases administration processing
times by 35 percent and is immediately ready for use.

"Our solution helps Avalon achieve better performance and process large
amounts of network data more quickly and easily," said Damir Zec, Country
Sales Leader, IBM Croatia. "As data traffic grows, Avalon can continue to
provide clients with a better cloud experience."

For more information about Avalon, go here. You can find more information
about IBM's System x servers at this link.

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