RLX Technologies First to Integrate ServerBlade and Storage Management Tools Through Its Relationship with Network Appliance
Houston, TX - February 17, 2003 -- RLX
Technologies™, Inc., the leader in no compromise IT,
scale-out cluster servers, and management solutions today announced
integration of its Control Tower™ management tool with
FilerView® from Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP). This
announcement marks a technology relationship between RLX and
Network Appliance, a leading provider of enterprise network storage
The new integration tool makes it easier for a customer to realize
the synergies between blade technology and storage over IP by
reducing the time, expertise, and cost associated with deploying
large scale, data intensive server farms. With the click of a
button Control Tower enables storage volumes to be associated with
portions of individual ServerBlades, the entire ServerBlade, or a
group of RLX ServerBlades. This high level of interoperability and
overall approach to management is unique in the industry. It offers
the flexibility of mapping and managing storage volumes from the
perspective of either the ServerBlade or the NetApp storage
"With RLX and Network Appliance, I receive a complete solution that
combines highly efficient Network Appliance NAS storage and RLX
ServerBlades," said Dr. Bill Kimmerly, director of Genomic and
Information Resources at Ceres, Inc. "The combination of powerful
RLX ServerBlades and flexible Network Appliance NAS storage
provides Ceres with a superior solution for distributed
bioinformatic applications that reduces IT costs and simplifies
The RLX/NetApp NAS Plugin solution is not only more efficient, but
it also offers customers more flexibility. RLX Control Tower will
support ServerBlade management with NetApp NAS storage devices
across all RLX ServerBlades (from the new dual processor high
performance RLX ServerBlade 2800i and 3000i to the single processor
offerings), as well as across a wide range of platforms including
Windows® 2000 and Linux®.
"Using the combined RLX/NetApp solution, our customers see a time
savings of 50% when they perform server mapping of storage,
especially in large server installations," said Scott Farrand, vice
president of systems engineering at RLX. "We are committed to
bringing these kinds of practical solutions to market, which will
enable our customers to better utilize the power and flexibility of
their blade environment."
"The RLX/NetApp NAS solution takes storage/blade interoperability
to a new level," said Rich Clifton, vice president of the SAN/iSAN
Business Unit at Network Appliance. "The solution allows customers
to easily and quickly identify dependencies between their storage
and blade servers, allowing both to be more efficiently used."
About Control Tower™
RLX Control Tower is the industry's leading blade management
solution. Control Tower XT™ provides intelligent software
provisioning for installation of software images across blade
servers, reprovisioning - updating entire image or individual
software packages, as well as blade server monitoring.
The RLX Control Tower solution for NetApp NAS storage systems is
available immediately for supporting the dense ServerBlade family
and will be available for the Performance ServerBlade family with
the release of the RLX ServerBlade 2800i and 3000i in March.
About Ceres, Inc.
Ceres, Inc. is a privately held biotechnology company utilizing
multiple integrated plant genomics technologies to develop
innovative products. In addition to pursuing opportunities in the
food, feed and fiber industries, Ceres' business strategy consists
of leveraging its technology platforms in the agrochemical,
chemical and pharmaceutical industries. For more information see
About RLX Technologies Inc.
RLX Technologies is the leader in no compromise scale-out cluster
server environments offering a superior line of dense and high
performance blade servers and management solutions. RLX solutions
deliver the best price/performance, manageability, and scalability
for the enterprise, government, and research marketplaces. Products
are sold directly and through authorized marketing partners.
Additional information on RLX products is available at www.rlx.com
or by calling direct sales at 1-866-759-9866. RLX products also are
available to government customers through Intelligent Enterprise
Solutions (IES) at 301.581.1098, authorized partners, and through
international sales partners at +281.863.2220. RLX builds all
products to customer specification and ships directly.
RLX Technologies, Inc.