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December 21, 2011

NEI and Appliance Deployment This Year

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor


Known as a leading appliance deployment solution provider around the world, NEI (News - Alert) has been busy this year helping in the transition to virtual appliances.

Company officials stated, “We have seen a tremendous interest in the addition of virtual appliances to our customers’ portfolios, as expanding application deployment strategies to include virtualization has grown.”

The company exhibited at this year’s RSA (News - Alert) Conference 2011 to educate technology partners, security solution providers, and industry analysts all about the latest and greatest in appliance deployment trends including virtual appliances. As organizations are looking for ways to reduce costs while establishing a more open IT environment, new data and platform protection technologies are key.

NEI was also present at the 5th Annual Remote Service Implementation Event, where senior services project manager Claire Ortega discussed how organizations can drive profits through leveraging flexible appliance deployment methods. Ortega highlighted ways to use the cloud, hardware and virtual appliances to dramatically increase flexibility and power monitoring for both previously existing and newly deployed appliances.

Also this year, the company advanced its Update Service to better manage enterprise application and OS software updates across physical, virtual and cloud deployments. The Update Service is built upon NEI’s newly patented digital fingerprinting technology that can be utilized to deliver highly secure updates to any deployed software image running as an appliance or in the cloud. Some of the functions of the innovative service include quick and automated management of application and OS patches and efficient image control for reduced costs.

 “This secure service eliminates the cost, pain and hassle of updating and patching operating systems such as Linux, CentOS and Windows in the field. The ability to update the application and OS simultaneously, particularly as security and virtualization technologies evolve, is an obstacle for every application provider,” said Jeff Hudgins (News - Alert), vice president of marketing for NEI in a statement. “Our mission is to deliver services that help software vendors deploy and manage their solutions more effectively. Our advanced Update Service is the most efficient way to create, manage and administer OS and application updates and manifests to cloud applications and virtual appliances.”

Looking ahead at 2012, Intel’s (News - Alert) launch of Sandy Bridge-Romley will drive new design cycles in appliances. NEI will be powering lifecycle management of the Sandy Bridge-Romley chips from Intel and forecasts a strong customer demand in this area.


Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny


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