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FlexITy Solutions Chooses Atlantis® to Deliver High Performance and Lower Cost Desktop Virtualization

FlexITy Solutions and Atlantis Computing® partner to Reduce Storage Costs while Increasing Performance and Mitigating Risks Associated with Virtual Desktops

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Today FlexITy Solutions, a leading provider of unified communications and cloud solutions, and Atlantis Computing®, a leading provider of software-defined storage, announced a partnership that offers solutions to simplify desktop and application management while increasing performance, security and control. "Integrating Atlantis ILIO™ into storage intensive virtual desktop or application infrastructures in private and public clouds optimizes the use of data centre storage, automates large-scale deployments and lowers implementation risks for our clients", said Peter Stavropoulos, CEO and President, FlexITy Solutions. "We continue to examine technologies for our clients and certifying Atlantis ILIO™ for VDI projects, we can provide that value of decreasing the cost of virtual desktops deployments, while delivering better than PC performance."

The partnership will bring solutions that deliver virtual infrastructures at reduced CAPEX and OPEX with increased performance and enhanced end user experience.  Atlantis ILIO is a 100% software solution using a combination of storage optimization technologies to process all IO on server RAM before it hits primary storage, minimizing IO by up to 95% and reducing the required storage footprint. According to Gartner, "storage is the No. 1 challenge most IT organizations face when considering virtual desktop (server-hosted virtual desktop or virtual desktop infrastructure) projects. Persistent storage is the easiest solution to deploy, but can result in significantly higher back-end storage costs because every user is assigned a dedicated virtual desktop image."Moreover, "with an average cost per virtual desktop of over $1,000, the typical cost of storage is $400 to $600 per desktop."2

With traditional SAN/NAS storage and thin client devices, clients cannot achieve the same level of performance as a PC without spending $1,000-$2,000 per user. Standard thin client acquisition and management costs drive up the total cost of ownership further to put virtual desktops out of the reach of most organizations.

"Together, Atlantis ILIO software and FlexITy Solutions can architect solutions to deploy VDI that is lower cost and faster than the utilization of a PC," said Ross DiStefano, Canada Country Manager of Atlantis. "This partnership will allow us to increase our reach into the Canadian market and accelerate the adoption of optimized virtual desktop and application infrastructure"

About FlexITy Solutions

FlexITy Solutions is an award winning service provider of voice, data, converged and managed services for businesses throughout Canada. FlexITy's approach aligns best practices with its industry acumen to deliver unprecedented results for its clients, reducing costs and optimizing critical infrastructure management. FlexITy offers a broad range of products and services including infrastructure design, implementation and support, security and compliance solutions, Unified Communications, Managed Services and Data Centre integration. FlexITy is proven to be one of North America's fastest growing Unified Communications and Collaboration service providers. Experienced People. Advanced Technologies. Powered by Passion., 866.779.FLEX (3539).

About Atlantis

Atlantis, winner of the 2014 Best of VMworld for Storage, 2012 Best of VMworld for Desktop Virtualization, and Best of Citrix Synergy awards, offers the industry's most flexible and powerful software defined storage platform. Atlantis USX™ delivers better performance than the fastest all-flash array, at half the cost of traditional SAN, on any class of enterprise storage. Atlantis USX is a 100% software-only solution purpose-built to boost any virtualized workload's performance by up to 10x, while also increasing effective storage capacity by up to 10x. To date, Atlantis has deployed software to manage and optimize tens of Petabytes of software defined storage for more than 600,000 VMs globally across hundreds of mission critical deployments, including some of the largest successful virtualization deployments in the world.  Atlantis is privately held and funded by Adams Street Partners, Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures and Partech Ventures, with headquarters in Mountain View, California and offices in Europe

Gartner "Storage Design Alternatives for Virtual Desktop Deployments" report published 30 January 2013
Gartner "How to Implement Storage for Virtual Desktop Deployments" report published 14 January 2013

Atlantis, Atlantis Computing, Atlantis ILIO and Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI, In-Memory VDI, Atlantis ILIO for XenApp, Atlantis ILIO FlexCloud and Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI are trademarks of Atlantis, Inc.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE FlexITy Solutions Inc.

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