SWsoft and Bull Announce a Worldwide Agreement to Resell the Virtuozzo Server Virtualization Software on Bull’s Intel®-based Servers

April 25, 2005

SWsoft’s Virtuozzo™ Software Will be Available on Bull NovaScale® Servers and EXPRESS5800 Servers

Herndon, VA and Paris, France — April 25, 2005 — Today, SWsoft, the established leader in server automation and virtualization software, and Bull, an international IT company, have announced an agreement to resell SWsoft’s Virtuozzo™ server virtualization software. Through this agreement, Bull will integrate SWsoft’s Virtuozzo for Linux® and Virtuozzo for Microsoft® Windows® virtualization software for existing and new server deployments.

SWsoft’s Virtuozzo for Linux® and Virtuozzo for Microsoft® Windows® will be available on Bull NovaScale® blade servers, large NovaScale® SMP servers based on the Intel® Itanium® 2 processor family and Bull EXPRESS5800 servers running on the Intel® Xeon™ processor family.

“Virtuozzo is a powerful server virtualization solution,” said Henri Pfahl, Director of Bull’s Intel® based servers Business Unit. “The combination of Virtuozzo software and NovaScale servers will provide a high level of flexibility for deploying and operating multiple virtual servers on one or several physical servers. Moreover, it will facilitate administration tasks and reduce operation costs.”

“We are pleased that Bull has selected Virtuozzo to be its virtualization technology on its NovaScale server range and EXPRESS5800 servers,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO, SWsoft. “Bull has incredible reach and focus in delivering complete solutions integrating the best hardware and software solutions that match the needs of the largest and most complex IT infrastructure deployments. Virtuozzo scales to the full capacity of the hardware and knows no virtualization limits, which makes it an ideal solution for server consolidation, high availability, development and testing applications.”

A Better Way to Virtualize—High Performance and Comprehensive Management Tools
SWsoft introduced the first and only Operating System (OS) level virtualization solution for Linux and Windows that creates multiple isolated Virtual Private Servers (VPSs) on a single physical server enabling each VPS to perform and execute exactly like a stand-alone server.

The core benefits of Virtuozzo include:

  • High Performance — “Thin” technology that adds no system calls or overhead

  • Expansive Hardware and Software Support — Interacts with existing OS and hardware; fully supports native 32 and 64-bit, SMP, 16-CPU and 64 GB RAM

  • High Scalability — Interacts A single physical server can house tens or hundreds of VPSs

  • Complete Isolation — Each VPS is completely isolated using a Kernel Abstraction Layer and Virtuozzo File System

  • Robust Resource Management — Complete control over CPU, memory, disk and network I/O

  • Powerful Management Tools — Easily manage large and potentially remote groups of servers and VPSs with a full set of administrative and VPS owner tools

  • Rapid ROI — Virtuozzo drives lower hardware, software and management costs minimizing total cost of ownership and facilitating a rapid ROI

Bull NovaScale Family Secure Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® Servers for Enterprise Applications

  • Bull’s SMP NovaScale server range is a new generation of high end and open, mainframe-class servers built on a very innovative and modular architecture supported by the Intel® Itanium® 2 processor family. The NovaScale servers run the Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems and are a proven alternative to traditional enterprise servers.

  • Bull’s NovaScale Blade servers are based on the Intel® Xeon™ processor family. They run Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems and provide the highest density and the lowest costs of administration and operation. They are specially designed to support thin client applications, replicated applications or physical consolidation.

  • Bull EXPRESS5800 servers are low cost servers that run on the Intel® Xeon™ processor family. EXPRESS5800 servers are ideal for running distributed Microsoft® Windows® or Linux® applications at workgroup or enterprise levels.

Availability dates
Virtuozzo will be available on Bull NovaScale servers on Linux® RedHat 3.0 in June 2005, on Novell SUSE® Linux in Q3 2005 and on Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 in Q4 2005. Virtuozzo is already available on EXPRESS5800 servers and NovaScale Blade servers on Linux® RedHat and Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 and will be available on Novell SUSE® Linux in Q3 2005.

About Bull
Bull designs and develops servers and software for an open environment, integrating the most advanced technologies. In this respect, Bull's range of NovaScale servers combines the openness of standards with the robustness of mainframes. It brings to its customers its expertise and know-how to help them in the transformation of their information systems and to optimize their IT infrastructure and their applications. Bull is particularly present in the public sector, banking, finance, telecommunication, utilities and manufacturing sectors. Capitalizing on its wide experience, the Group has a thorough understanding of the business and specific processes of these sectors, thus enabling it to efficiently advise and to accompany its customers. Its distribution network spreads to over 100 countries world-wide.

About SWsoft
SWsoft is the recognized leader in automation and server virtualization software for hosting service companies, communications providers, and enterprises. The company powers more than 80,000 servers for customers in over 100 countries. SWsoft's products deliver industry-leading performance, stability and manageability for its customers to increase flexibility and utilization of their limited IT resources. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, with offices around the world; SWsoft is a privately held, profitable company, offering comprehensive solutions including: Plesk, Virtuozzo, PEM, HSPcomplete and SiteBuilder. For more information about SWsoft, visit www.sw-soft.com.

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