iXsystems Announces Partnership with NetCraft Communications to Provide Remote System Management and Monitoring Software for PC-BSD

PBI Released for Quick and Simple Deployment of Versiera Software on the PC-BSD Desktop.

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The partnership between iXsystems and NetCraft Communications marks an important step forward for the PC-BSD development project. The availability of the Versiera PBI enables PC-BSD to have a system management offering similar to that provided by Canonical's Landscape, the systems management and monitoring tool for Ubuntu

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2008

iXsystems, Inc. announced today a partnership with NetCraft Communications Inc., a global provider of computer infrastructure management including multi-platform management, compliance, asset management, software distribution, alerting and ticketing.

The agreement will make NetCraft's Versiera Remote System Management and Monitoring Software available on PC-BSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.3-STABLE. Versiera is a web-based system that simplifies the common routine tasks required for system administrators, thus reducing the total cost of ownership and enabling your company to focus on your business.

Versiera can quickly identify, notify and help preempt functionality problems at various layers of the infrastructure. Versiera also aids in detecting system performance issues and capacity limitations. As part of its monitoring, Versiera maintains a database of all systems and their hardware configurations, ensuring an accurate active asset inventory.

A PBI (push-button installer) has been released that will enable quick and easy deployment of the Versiera Software on PC-BSD. Any PC-BSD user can download the Versiera PBI from http://www.pbidir.com/bt/pbi/117 and run it on PC-BSD Version 1.4 Da Vinci Edition or PC-BSD Version 1.5 Edison Edition. Versiera gives you a real-time view of all of your hardware and software assets and can be used to consolidate management software.

Versiera is a single system that simplifies computer infrastructure management. It can be used to consolidate management software, allowing you to get the most out of your computing time.

"The partnership between iXsystems and NetCraft Communications marks an important step forward for the PC-BSD development project. The availability of the Versiera PBI enables PC-BSD to have a system management offering similar to that provided by Canonical's Landscape, the systems management and monitoring tool for Ubuntu", says Michael Lauth, President and CEO of iXsystems.

"We are excited about our collaboration with iXsystems and to be a part of the self-containing PBI system, says Frank Pikelner, CTO of NetCraft Communications. "This partnership supports our mission to make all technologies easier to control through a single system that simplifies computer infrastructure management," he adds.

Versiera offers the following compelling System Monitoring and Management Features:

Cross-platform: Versiera can monitor a wide range of open source platforms and offers full support for PC-BSD, FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, and NetBSD.

Scalability: Versiera is designed to manage large installations of hosts, and is designed to scale so that it can monitor all hosts on the network, including critical servers. Different levels of monitoring can be configured for different hosts, ensuring that important events are not lost in noise.

Security: Versiera uses strong encryption to protect all communications and to authenticate all connections between hosts and Versiera's management systems.

Extensibility: The capabilities of the Versiera platform can be expanded by end-users using both platform-specific run-time libraries and platform-independent high-level languages.

Openness. Versiera uses industry standard protocols for communication and representing data. Versiera's database is accessible to external tools and database schema is provided with the Enterprise product.

About PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a rock solid, fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format.

About NetCraft Communications

NetCraft Communications Inc. has developed a state of the art infrastructure management solution that enables enterprises to gain greater control of their IT investments and contribute more effectively to their overall business performance. In 2006, Versiera became the first Internet hosted application service for infrastructure monitoring and management with support for a broad spectrum of operating systems and hardware platforms. The support includes PC-BSD, FreeBSD, Linux, Apple OS X, Sun Microsystems Solaris, Microsoft Windows, OpenBSD and NetBSD. In 2008, Versiera 2.0 was released boasting new features including a faster and more scalable architecture. Versiera is available as an Internet Software-as-a-Service and as a hardware appliance. To learn more or sign up for the free hosted service, please visit: http://www.netcraftcommunications.com

About iXsystems

iXsystems, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance computing clusters, blade servers, rackmount servers, and storage solutions to the global marketplace. iXsystems supplies FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Linux servers to a wide cross-section of industries. iXsystems also supports and maintains the PC-BSD project. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

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