ShoreGroup's vBrick Reference Architecture Platform Accepted into Cisco Systems Solution Incentive Program

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Architectural solution encompasses VMware/Cisco/EMC (VCE) strategy providing a modular, scalable and repeatable "data center in a single rack" approach to virtualization and consolidation

ShoreGroup, Inc., a premier systems management solutions and IT professional services firm, today announced that its vBrick Reference Architecture, a fully managed "private cloud" for the mid-enterprise market segment, has been accepted into the Cisco Solution Incentive Program (SIP). ShoreGroup's vBrick is comprised of a combination of Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) servers, Cisco Networking, EMC Storage, VMware vSphere™ operating system, and ShoreGroup's award-winning CaseSentry® Application Management Platform and ShorePatrol® Remote Management Service.

By combining the VCE data center product with the CaseSentry Application Management Platform and ShorePatrol Remote Management Service solutions, ShoreGroup has engineered a fully managed, integrated, and unique "private cloud" offering that simplifies the day-to-day monitoring and management of an organization's applications, data, infrastructure, and service level agreements. With its integrated capability to correlate complex events across disparate platforms, devices, and applications, CaseSentry is the platform service providers and major enterprises trust to manage the nation's largest converged networks.

"While a well designed 'private cloud' computing platform provides more flexibility than dedicated servers allowing for dynamic provisioning of IT services in hours and minutes instead of months, it does require constant real-time monitoring of servers, storage, memory and network resources to allow for quick and accurate diagnosis of problems," said Robert Owen, ShoreGroup's Data Center Practice Manager. "As infrastructure and virtualization technologies continue to rapidly evolve, data centers no longer will be able to handle unexpected spikes in demand or easily absorb problems that may arise. ShoreGroup's CaseSentry Application Management Platform provides complete visibility into the virtualized environment allowing data centers to take action to constantly changing business needs for storage capacity, network bandwidth, and I/O connectivity while also being able to identify and respond to issues in a proactive manner."

"Acceptance into the Cisco SIP program continues to strengthen ShoreGroup's long-term partner relationship with Cisco in creating enterprise-class solutions using Cisco technology and partner concepts centered around solving specific business challenges," said Barry Katzman, ShoreGroup's Director of Sales Engineering. "Cisco's recognition of ShoreGroup's vBrick Reference Architecture Platform coupled with our CaseSentry Application Management Platform and ShorePatrol Remote Management Service into the SIP program demonstrates our commitment to investing in the development and growth of our product portfolio as well as delivering advanced Cisco solutions focused on the data center."

ShoreGroup currently has their vBrick Reference Architecure with CaseSentry and ShorePatrol installed in a number of customer production environments.

About ShoreGroup, Inc.

ShoreGroup delivers a complete portfolio of industry-leading management applications, maintenance solutions, professional services and products for Unified Communications networks. ShoreGroup develops innovative management applications on its dynamic CaseSentry® platform, eliminating the pitfalls of traditional management systems to enable IT, telecom and contact center support organizations to easily and effectively manage availability, performance, service levels and support processes for complex networked environments. The company's ShorePatrol® Remote Management Service delivers the high-quality Unified Communications monitoring, maintenance and support that organizations rely upon to ensure the availability of their vital business processes.

ShoreGroup's professional service solutions provide leading consultation, design and implementation services for high-availability networks. The company's expertise in unified communications including IP Telephony/VoIP and IP contact centers, LAN/WAN, data center, telepresence, wireless and security produces manageable solutions that optimize business processes, communications, employee productivity and accessibility to enable organizations to derive the maximum business value from their information technology investment. As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with advanced specializations, ShoreGroup's service portfolio is backed by solid industry credentials.

Additional information about ShoreGroup's products and services can be found at http://www.shoregroup.com.

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