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Virtual Machine Company announces its next-generation
virtualization appliances

  • outperforms all current commercial and custom-built servers in independent Geekbench power and performance testing1
  • comfortably runs more virtual machines and delivers class-leading savings on energy, cooling, software licensing, and datacentre real estate
  • the world’s fastest, most cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly commercial computing platform
April 12, 2011 Cambridge, UK

The Virtual Machine Company (VMC) today announced the launch of the next generation of its server virtualization appliances.

Built around the latest AMD 12-core processors, with highly-optimised RAM options up to 512 gigabytes, and fast and cool solid-state storage, the two new servers can host unprecedented numbers of virtual machines running the most demanding commercial computing applications.

The new Virtual Machine Company appliances use less power, require fewer software licenses, and take up less rack-space space than anything else on the market.

For example, a mid-range 24 Core, 192 Gb RAM VMC virtualization appliance comfortably accommodates 50 or more virtual machines running processor and memory-intensive applications of the kind usually confined to non-virtual environments; tasks such as rendering video, enterprise-scale databases, and huge FTP batch operations. All of this while consuming less than 307 watts (1.43 amps) at peak loading. Average power consumption for competitor machines delivering this much firepower is more than 900 watts.

Virtual Machine Company CEO, Steve Barnett, said:

This is exciting, high-performance computing meets boring stability and cost-effectiveness. The top of the Geekbench league table is usually dominated by "custom rigs" built by clever enthusiasts or researchers. I am proud of our development team for productising and normalising unrivalled power and performance with such impressive stability and economy.

AMD Head of Commercial Marketing EMEA, Stefano Chiavegati, commented:

We developed the AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series processor to meet 21st Century commercial computing demands for the optimum balance between power, reliability, cost and environmental considerations. The Virtual Machine Company’s Server Virtualization Appliances tick all of those boxes and more.


Fewer software licences

VMware requires an expensive licence for every pair of processors. Because the new VMC virtualisation appliances use AMD’s processor core-dense CPUs, the licence-to-virtual-machine ratio becomes much more favourable. For example, when virtualising an estate of 240 servers running Windows Server, one customer saved an additional £180,000 in year-one capital expenditure by using VMC Virtualisation Appliances to deliver a hyper-dense solution.

Models and configurations

Two standard appliances are available with additional configuration options

  • VA 1200 Series Server Virtualization Appliance: 1U, Dual Processor 24 Core minimum configuration 64GB RAM
  • VA 2400 Series Server Virtualization Appliance: 2U, Dual Processor 48 Core minimum configuration 128GB RAM
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Pricing and availability

The new VMC 1200 Series Appliance is available immediately with a base configuration price of £9,500. The VMC 2400 Series Appliance will ship at 2011 with prices starting at £15,500.
VMC Appliances are available in through Virtual Machine Company’s exclusive distributor, Computerlinks


Five-year, next business day on-site and 24 x 7 support contracts are available.

About the virtual Machine Company

The Virtual Machine Company offers its customers a unique combination of networking and security expertise, disciplined virtualization planning and management software, and ready-to-rack-and-roll virtualization appliances. VMC server bundles include meaningful 24/7 support and a significantly longer supported lifespan than industry-standard servers. The Virtual Machine is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and was founded by former European managing director of Check Point Software Technologies, Steve Barnett.

Press contacts

Bea Barrett, PR Account Manager
+44 (0)15396 21965
+44 (0)797 157 8211

Steve Barnett, Virtual Machine Company CEO