AppZero and SHI Partner as Windows Server 2003 Nears End of Service

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AppZero, provider of the fastest and most flexible way to move server applications to and across any cloud or datacenter, has announced SHI International Corp. has joined the AppZero Gold Partner Program.

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"SHI is a powerhouse partner for helping customers to not only navigate the WS2003 upgrade process but also the various licensing considerations that are integral to an organization's successful migration," - Greg O'Connor, AppZero CEO

AppZero, provider of the fastest and most flexible way to move server applications to and across any cloud or datacenter, has announced SHI International Corp. has joined the AppZero Gold Partner Program. SHI is one of North America's top 15 largest IT solutions providers and has extensive experience in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 migrations, licensing models, program options and cost scenarios. SHI will use AppZero to rapidly and cost effectively up-level server applications to new platforms.

As companies prepare to meet the July 14, 2015, deadline for Windows Server 2003 end of extended support, AppZero has become the de facto, gold standard for Windows Server 2003 application migration. Only AppZero encapsulates and moves just the application, rather than the entire machine with its operating system and other services. This makes AppZero ten times faster, as well as more effective for companies that want to modernize their infrastructure as they migrate.

"AppZero helps us automate the process of Windows Server 2003 migrations by avoiding the time-consuming work of reinstalling and reconfiguring upgraded servers and applications," said Jim Kerr, a Microsoft Solution Architect at SHI. “By moving just the applications and not the entire machine we can quickly deploy our customers' applications to new servers or the cloud and get them up and running much faster and more cost effectively."

AppZero announced this month its 2014 State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 EOS Survey. Among 500 Fortune 1000 IT professionals at 225 companies surveyed, almost half (47%) were not aware of the end of service data for WS2003 and do not yet have plans for remediation.

"SHI is a powerhouse partner for helping customers to not only navigate the WS2003 upgrade process but also the various licensing, security and financial considerations that are integral to an organization's successful migration," said Greg O'Connor, AppZero CEO. "We're very pleased to welcome them to the AppZero Gold Partner Program and know that enterprises planning a WS2003 migration will benefit from their expertise."

Read the SHI blog series on Windows Server 2003 Migrations at:
http://blog.shi.com/?s=windows+server+2003.

In addition to up-level migration of applications such as those on Windows Server 2003, AppZero is ideal for performing fast and easy cloud on-boarding of enterprise Windows server applications, moving server applications between servers in private, hybrid, or federated clouds, and bringing enterprise app store (EAS) convenience to server application deployment.

AppZero partners combine cutting edge products and services that open up the business potential of the cloud. For more information or to participate in the partner program contact partners@appzero.com.

You can read the new whitepaper, "Migrating from WS2003 to Newer Operating Systems and the Cloud at: http://www.appzero.com/white-papers/migrating-ws2003 and the new AppZero 2014 Windows Server 2003 End of Support Survey at: http://www.appzero.com/white-papers/ws2003-survey.

About AppZero:
AppZero is the fastest, most flexible way to move server applications to and across any cloud or datacenter, without code change or lock-in. Encapsulating Windows applications in VM/OS-free packages, AppZero’s patented software moves complex server applications with ease. AppZero allows you to move from an old OS to a newer one, with the click of a button - modernize and move to the cloud in one step.

About SHI
Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $6 billion global provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry's most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 2,800 employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 15th among CRN's Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers. For more information, visit http://www.SHI.com.

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