United Devices chosen by Bristol-Myers Squibb for replacement of cluster and Grid infrastructure

Austin 20 March 2007Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has engaged United Devices to build a high performance computing (HPC) Grid to manage the global pharmaceutical and health care products company's HPC clusters and desktop Grid. Bristol-Myers Squibb selected United Devices after running an extensive feature-function test plan that demonstrated the capability of United Devices' solutions across its most important use cases. Terms of the agreement, which include United Devices solutions and services, were not released.

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"We are pleased to gain the opportunity to work closely with a global leader like Bristol-Myers Squibb", stated Ben Rouse, chief executive officer at United Devices. "This represents a commercial win for United Devices, of course, but it also offers an opportunity to grow our company's already formidable capabilities and solutions slate by working directly with their highly respected scientists and engineers."

United Devices has already completed initial installation at Bristol-Myers Squibb and will deliver additional capabilities to meet specific requirements over the next several months.

Bristol-Myers Squibb noted that the United Devices Cluster Scheduler and PC Grid infrastructure has proved flexible and provided significantly improved performance for actual use cases. In addition, the company will gain improved HPC analytics allowing better management of current and future resource purchase decisions.

In evaluating the United Devices suite of solutions, Bristol-Myers Squibb simulated some of its use cases by employing the United Devices Collaboration Center, a unique facility for those using or exploring data centre, managed services, or HPC virtualization solutions. The Center, located in Austin, Texas, but globally accessible, provides companies with the necessary elements - including hardware, software, expertise and methodology - to validate the business benefits of a United Devices solution.

Bristol-Myers Squibb used the collaboration centre to replicate a pilot environment at scale, which sped the evaluation process and eliminated the chance of potential disruption to the company's production users and environment.

With the addition of Bristol-Myers Squibb, seven of the top 10 global pharmaceuticals now rely on United Devices for their HPC management infrastructures. United Devices serves clients across a range of global businesses primarily in the fields of oil and gas, life sciences, telecommunications, manufacturing, government and academia.

United Devices provides the most cost-effective and flexible computing capacity available anywhere. The company's Grid and infrastructure management solutions address a range of business needs, from traditional application acceleration to enterprise-scale infrastructure virtualization. United Devices products extend, manage, and optimize IT environments by reducing complexity, leveraging both dedicated and non-dedicated resources and establishing centralized control.

United Devices solutions are proven to enhance innovation and reduce total cost of ownership for companies in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, energy, life sciences, government, and telecommunications. More company news can be found in the VMW October 2005 article ClearCube and United Devices partner to create first PC Blade Grid solution for hospitals and researchers.


Leslie Versweyveld

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