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Racemi Announces Software-as-a-Service to Migrate Servers to Public Clouds

Average migration savings of $800 per server, with zero risk for customers

Racemi, the moving company for the cloud, announced that its Cloud Path Software as a Service is now generally available for migrating Windows and Linux server images to public clouds with no infrastructure to buy or maintain and no upfront costs or fees.

The fully automated migration can be controlled from a web browser, with cost savings on average of $800 per server versus a manual migration to a public cloud provider, like Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Rackspace or Terremark.

In addition, Racemi Cloud Path's zero-risk, pay-as-you-go licensing plan ensures that customers are only billed for successful migrations. There is no faster or lower risk way to migrate to the cloud.

"We're taking ease of use to a new level for any administrator that wants to migrate existing physical or virtual workloads to a public cloud resource," said James Strayer, vice president of product management at Racemi. "There is no need to rebuild from scratch or use templates and scripts, which saves administrators time and translates to significant cost savings versus migrating a server manually."

"There are few options for moving existing applications to cloud platforms and most of these options are time-consuming and expensive. A typical approach calls for in-house or consulting personnel to rebuild servers from scratch and then migrate the configuration and data manually," said Rachel Chalmers, vice president of research, The 451 Group. "Cloud Path can automatically migrate existing physical or virtual servers to a cloud platform, meaning that it should be faster and more cost-effective than moving servers over by hand."

Also, with Cloud Path, it's possible to automatically migrate cloud instances between cloud providers, minimizing any unease over vendor lock-in, as well as enabling high availability or disaster recovery strategies that span providers.

Additional information regarding Racemi Cloud Path is available at www.racemi.com/index.php/cloudpathpromo. Cloud Path supports the migration of servers using Windows Server 2008 R2, RedHat Enterprise Linux and CentOS operating systems (OS) to Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Rackspace and Terremark. Additional OS platforms and cloud providers will be added in future updates to the software.

The cost for a server migration is $299 (volume discounts are available) with a special offer valid until September 30, 2012 for $100 off each migration, along with 20 GB free image storage, 20 GB free bandwidth. This offer is limited to the initial 100 customers that sign up.

Workloads are migrated to the cloud by automatically creating new cloud server instances, comparing the configurations of the source and destination servers, and then configuring the necessary cloud tools, virtual machine components, disk, and network layout "in-flight" to ensure that the image can be run on the new cloud platform. Unlike other technologies, Racemi's image-based provisioning software does not require modifications to the application. The solution is fully automated, providing unattended migration support that requires minimal user effort.

About Racemi
Racemi, the moving company for the cloud, has been named a "Cool Vendor" and has received other industry awards.

The company builds server provisioning and cloud migration technology that allows businesses to quickly migrate their existing physical and virtual servers to, from and between cloud providers and across data centers. For CSPs (cloud service providers), Racemi is the fastest and best method for on-boarding customers to their cloud.

Racemi also enables customers and partners to automate private data center provisioning by leveraging its market-leading server imaging technology to rapidly provision physical, virtual or private cloud servers in any automated use case.

For more information, visit www.racemi.com.

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.