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Crossbeam Shows How Companies Can Reduce Energy Consumption by Half to Promote Green Data Center Security

Crossbeam also Joins The Green Grid Consortium to Help Promote Best Practices for Green IT

BOXBOROUGH, Mass., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossbeam Systems, Inc., the leading provider of next-generation security platforms for high-performance networks, today announced the availability of a new white paper to show companies how they can achieve more efficient, green data centers by reducing the energy consumption of all security-related equipment by half. Authored by Peter Doggart, the company's director of product marketing, "An Inconvenient Balance: Can the Data Center Go Green without Stifling Corporate Growth?" can be downloaded at http://www.crossbeam.com/solutions/green_IT.php.

The "Green IT" discussion is heating up. In the current energy crises, companies are under pressure to cut back on spending. At the heart of the matter are massive, energy-consuming data centers, holding racks of mission-critical equipment that need constant cooling and are costly to maintain. A 2007 report by the Environmental Protection Agency found that data centers in the U.S. consumed 61 billion kilowatt hours of energy in 2006 costing $4.5 billion, and those numbers are on course to double by 2011. This has caused great concern among investors, shareholders, governments and other industry leaders that want to see a "Green IT" action plan rolled out for all industries.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of security-related hardware and software in the data center, creating massive appliance sprawl. With the proliferation of new threats (viruses, worms, spam, Trojans, spyware, insider threats, etc.) and regulations, the data center has come under siege. As enterprises address these evolving threats, a large portion of their operational budgets have become dedicated to escalating power and energy costs, and increasing processing and network connectivity demands required to support and manage the security infrastructure.

"Security has been a particularly egregious contributor to increasing data center energy consumption," said Doggart. "The good news is that the advances in security virtualization that Crossbeam has pioneered are helping customers consolidate their security-related hardware on the order of 20-to-one. The dramatic savings, ease of management and reduction of energy benefits to be realized resonate strongly among IT organizations."

As CIOs look to optimize their data centers to achieve the best performance while reducing energy consumption and costs, virtualization of security services has become a prime area of focus.

"An Inconvenient Balance" provides an overview of how virtualization can be adapted for mission-critical security functions in the data center, the unique architecture that is required to facilitate successful security virtualization, and the resulting green IT benefits that companies are realizing today. Effective use of security virtualization enables enterprises to vastly reduce the number of network switches, load balancers and special-purpose appliances on their network, while also maximizing processor efficiency and power conversion. For the average large enterprise, this cuts the energy consumption for all security-related equipment by more than half.

In addition to the white paper, Crossbeam provides an online calculator at http://www.crossbeam.com/solutions/green_IT.php to help enterprises gain quick insight into the costs and green IT savings they can realize by consolidating through security virtualization.

Crossbeam Joins The Green Grid Consortium

Motivated by the growing need among CIOs to gain better access to information and energy-efficient best practices that will help them meet their business and IT demands, Crossbeam has joined The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to the advancement of energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems.

Crossbeam joins other companies across the industry spectrum that are lending their expertise to provide industry-wide recommendations on best practices, metrics and technologies that will improve overall data center efficiencies.

"Crossbeam is fully committed to helping companies reduce their energy consumption through a more flexible and consolidated security architecture," said Chet Gapinski, Crossbeam's vice president of Engineering. "In fact, Crossbeam has been helping companies do this for years, simply because it makes more sense from a cost, efficiency and management standpoint to take a more intelligent and resource-conscious approach to security. Joining The Green Grid reflects our commitment to the cause and we look forward to contributing and sharing best practices among our industry peers and promoting IT energy efficiency."

About Crossbeam

Crossbeam Systems, Inc. transforms the way enterprises, service providers and government agencies architect and deliver security services. The basis of Crossbeam's solution is its Next Generation Security Platform, a highly scalable hardware platform that facilitates the consolidation, virtualization and simplification of security services delivery, while preserving the customers' choice of best-of-breed security applications. Crossbeam offers the only security platform that delivers unparalleled network performance, scalability, adaptability and resiliency. Customers choose Crossbeam to intelligently manage risk, accelerate and maintain compliance, and protect their businesses from evolving threats. Crossbeam is headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., and has offices in Europe and Asia Pacific. More information is available at: http://www.crossbeam.com/

Crossbeam Systems and Crossbeam are registered trademarks of Crossbeam Systems, Inc. All other company, product or service names not owned by Crossbeam mentioned in this press release are the property of their respective owners.

Contact: Sharon Dratch Davies Murphy Group (781) 418-2425 [email protected]://www.daviesmurphy.com/

Crossbeam Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Matt Rollender of Crossbeam Systems, +1-978-318-7500,
[email protected]; or Sharon Dratch of Davies Murphy Group,
+1-781-418-2425, [email protected], for Crossbeam Systems, Inc.

Web site: http://www.crossbeam.com/

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