Zeus launches ZXTM Virtual Appliance on VMware’s Virtual Appliance Network

Los Angeles - 7 November 2006

-- The only traffic management solution available as a virtual appliance on VMware’s ESX Server 3 datacenter infrastructure --

Zeus Technology today announced the launch of Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager Virtual Appliance (ZXTM VA), a new version of its flagship traffic management technology that operates as a virtual appliance within virtualized datacenter environments.

ZXTM VA is a virtual appliance that runs on VMware’s ESX Server 3 datacenter infrastructure. It manages incoming network traffic across a cluster of virtual machines, inspecting, routing, rewriting and manipulating each request. As virtual machines are deployed, moved and removed, ZXTM VA intelligently routes incoming traffic so that it is always delivered to the most available, responsive machines.

ZXTM VA has been introduced exclusively through the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, which was announced by VMware today at the VMworld 2006 conference in Los Angeles. The goal of this network is to create a union between virtual appliance partners and existing virtual infrastructure customers to provide solutions that are easy to deploy and manage.

ZXTM VA has passed VMware’s stringent certification program, which guarantees that all featured virtual appliances have been fully configured to operate natively within VMware’s ESX Server 3 datacenter platform.

“In launching the Virtual Appliance Network, VMware has made a bold play to create an ecosystem of solutions that will help organizations deploy and manage a completely virtualized datacenter environment,” said Paul Di Leo, CEO, Zeus Technology. “By joining this programme, Zeus is able to help VMware customers improve the performance and resilience of their virtualized applications, giving them greater control over security, provisioning and traffic management.”

“As the only software-based Layer 7 traffic manager, ZXTM VA is perfectly positioned to provide services in virtualized environments. It aligns perfectly with the strategic adoption of virtualization as customers do not need to purchase dedicated physical appliances to meet their load balancing and traffic management needs,” he said.

Karsten Thygesen, Technical Director at Netic, a Zeus Value Added Reseller, explains; "Debitor Registret, a Danish online database for credit rating checks, is utilizing ZXTM VA in a heavily virtualized environment. Virtualization is used to achieve redundancy of the many small components, and to control resources to help ensure high availability of the primary business component--the web service which the business uses to perform online credit checks.”

“The clustered ZXTM's provide enhanced performance, ensure high availability and effective health monitoring of the individual nodes and is hence the most critical part of the infrastructure. ZXTM VA has exceeded any expectations we, and our customer, had and has operated flawlessly since installation,” he said.

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