Virtual Iron Software, a provider of data center virtualization and management software solutions, today announced that it has joined, an industry community around IBM's BladeCenter ecosystem to allow customers to transform blade systems into a virtualized pool of resources. As a result, IT organizations can dramatically improve operating efficiency and enable a more flexible Linux infrastructure. is committed to guiding the development and innovation around blade technology. The organization enables BladeCenter ecosystem partners to test and interoperate their products on IBM's BladeCenter. This development will drive innovations and a rapidly growing community in Virtualization and other markets including, Voice over IP, industry specific solutions, security and many other technologies. The community - co-developed by IBM and Intel - is a collaborative organization committed to accelerating the expansion of solutions for the BladeCenter platform. Other founding community members include Cisco, Citrix Systems, IBM, Intel Corporation, NetApp, Nortel, Novell and VMware.

Virtual Iron's support for IBM BladeCenter, provides a foundation for utility computing initiatives with integrated I/O interconnects, networking and built-in redundancy. Virtual Iron's virtualizes all BladeCenter components, including processors, memory, storage and networking, to speed deployments and migrations, while also providing outstanding scalability. Virtual Iron's policy-based management also makes use of health status information from BladeCenter components to allow automated actions in the event of failures.

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