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AppZero Announces Availability of Up-Level OS Application Migration

AppZero’s new technology will ease the transition of production applications to Windows Server 2008(R2)

The fastest and most flexible way to move server applications from the datacenter to the cloud, AppZero took a market-setting step forward on Tuesday with the release of "up-level OS migration" now available in V5.2. This technology allows users to effortlessly move server applications from old operating systems to new ones.

Organizations are faced with the requirement to migrate applications from Windows Server 2003 to Windows 2008(R2) or even Windows 2012 when adopting a private, managed or public cloud. AppZero's tool extracts Windows server applications from production environments and packages them for movement to any datacenter or cloud, without re-engineering, change, or lock-in, fast.

451 Group Vice President, Research - Infrastructure Management, Rachel Chalmers said, "There are powerful upsides to AppZero.  It's fast - migration takes minutes rather than hours -and it's great for migrating from datacenter to cloud or from cloud to cloud.  One of the challenges in any such migration is having to modernize the operating system. AppZero's new up-level OS capability should help companies meet that challenge."

Requiring no AppZero software on the source/production machine, AppZero resides only on the target server, which can be located anywhere - including on the cloud environment where the application is being migrated. AppZero automation eliminates the majority of manual labor, time, costs, and error typically involved in on-boarding complex enterprise applications.

"We were able to migrate a custom, legacy Microsoft application from the Pabst Blue Ribbon datacenter to the Rackspace cloud, in under an hour with AppZero," said David J. McCluskey, President of Cloud-Migrators (cloud-migrators.com). "It would have taken 1 to 2 weeks without AppZero -- the time savings were very significant.  Preserving that precious time is paramount when it comes to migrating company workforce applications."

Commenting on the new release, AppZero CEO Greg O'Connor said, "Our new tool makes it even easier to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including lower TCO, greater IT and business flexibility, and scalability.  With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies will be faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications.  We provide a cost effective and time saving method to accomplish the task."

AppZero will be demonstrating the "up-level OS migration" capabilities of V5.2 in a webinar on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:00pm (ET).  You can register here.

About AppZero
AppZero is the fastest and most flexible way to migrate server applications to and across any cloud or datacenter, without re-engineering, re-installation or lock-in. Encapsulating Windows applications in VM/OS-free packages, AppZero's patented software makes complex server applications moveable with ease.  For more information, visit www.appzero.com and follow us on twitter @AppZero-Inc.

More Stories By Greg O'Connor

Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results.

O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue.

At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.