Sirius Helps Eco-Friendly Web Hosting Company Meet Challenges for Energy Consumption, System Redundancy, and Scalability

Irvine, Calif. - April 5, 2007 --, California's first solar-powered hosting company, was recently named the first and only public data center member of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC).

As encountered increased demand and power consumption, maintaining operations using only solar power became increasingly difficult. Sirius worked with, Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), VMware, Cisco, and IBM to design a consolidation and virtualization solution to address the power consumption requirements of both servers and storage.

"Our initial requirement was redundancy for systems backup," said Phil Nail, founder and chief technology officer. "But we also needed a solution where we could continue to grow without the need for more electricity or cooling."

Sirius designed and implemented a solution using IBM®, NetApp®, VMware®, and Cisco® products to meet the strict requirements of Server consolidation reduced the number of servers from 120 physical servers to 4 IBM xSeries® 346 servers. This strategy increased open floor space and dramatically decreased power consumption. A VMware VMotion® solution is being used on the IBM servers so that can configure virtual servers to match the needs of its clients and create a dynamic, automated, and self-optimizing data center environment by migrating workload between physical servers by using "virtual machines." NetApp storage solutions with Snapshot™ technology met AISO redundancy and scalability requirements with crucial point-in-time views, integrating high-speed file backup and disaster recovery and highly efficient utilization. Finally, implementing Cisco iSCSI switches integrated the products and provided optimum network performance and security.

"We looked at other companies that could help us. Sirius seemed the most knowledgeable, answering our questions faster," commented Nail. The Sirius-designed iSCSI solution was the first of its kind. Nail said, "Sirius explained the options and got us set up-which wasn't easy, because we were using a bleeding edge solution."

"The redesigned infrastructure composed of IBM, NetApp, VMware, and Cisco products met the energy consumption as well as the system redundancy and scalability requirements of AISO clients," said Chris Lusk, vice president, Open Systems and Storage, Sirius Computer Solutions. "We were able to reduce AISO's data center footprint to dramatically shrink their overall power consumption."

This first phase of the project has reduced's power consumption by 60%, and upon completion of the migration plan, Nail expects to see an 80% decrease in energy usage.

"We're seeing an increasing number of customer data centers reach capacity limits with floor space, power, and cooling infrastructures," said Chris Bennett, vice president, Core Systems, NetApp. "As a result, many customers are now looking at their storage environment's impact on power consumption. Working with Sirius, we were able to help AISO take advantage of NetApp data management technology to reduce their raw storage and overall data center footprint, as well as improve their storage utilization."

About Sirius:
Sirius is a national IT solutions provider, and IBM Premier Business Partner and NetApp STAR Partner, dedicated to helping customers implement advanced infrastructure solutions that provide them with a competitive advantage and a positive return on investment. Backed by 26 years of IT experience, Sirius is nationally-recognized with a certified team of sales and technical professionals who have the skills, product knowledge, and commitment to help customers develop and implement the right solution to solve their business needs. For more information, visit Sirius Computer Solutions at

Susan Griffin
Sirius Computer Solutions