CLEVELAND, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq:
AGYS), a leading provider of enterprise computer technology solutions, and
its partner InfoSystems, Inc., one of Tennessee's fastest growing systems
integration companies and a long-time Agilysys KeyLink Systems Group (KSG)
reseller, recently shipped the largest IBM eServer Cluster 1350 with
Cluster Systems Management (CSM) through the channel. The solution was
shipped to COLSA, a federal agency private contractor specializing in
missile flight simulation testing.
COLSA, ranked No. 15 in the world of supercomputing sites, was charged
with finding a faster, less expensive way for this particular federal
agency to continuously run a cluster for a one to two week timeframe.
According to IBM's Pam McCarthy, vice president of federal systems
sales, COLSA ranks very high on the company's list of valued customers
because they are known for their outstanding reputation for solving some of
the most challenging computational problems in the world.
"Agilysys KSG, InfoSystems and IBM worked together to deliver a best of
breed open systems compute capability that will better enable COLSA to
address future computational challenges," said McCarthy. "The integrated
team leveraged industry standards and advanced technology in a unique and
"We could have worked directly with IBM and bypassed both Agilysys KSG
and InfoSystems altogether," said Mike Whitlock, hypersonic missile
technology program director, COLSA. "But we value the support and resources
of both companies and together they made it easier to meet our deadlines by
providing us reliable products and sound technology advice."
"This project illustrates why partners such as InfoSystems and their
customers choose to work with Agilysys KSG," said Mark Taylor, vice
president and general manager, IBM Business Unit at Agilysys. "Our strong
relationships with top suppliers combined with our knowledgeable presales
technical support team make it easier for our partners and their end
customers to achieve their information technology goals."
The Cluster 1350 combines the power of two different node choices --
OpenPower and xSeries servers -- with IBM Cluster CSM for Linux software.
IBM storage products and leading third-party networking components were
also integral components in the final solution.
"Shortly after IBM's eServer Cluster 1350 with CSM was installed, we
performed a benchmark comparison with COLSA's dated competitive
architecture and determined they received three times faster performance
out of each node while using the new server," said Clay Hales, president at
InfoSystems, Inc. "The business of being a successful systems integration
provider hinges on the people and companies we have working with us. Almost
any company can call IBM and work with them directly, but we have a
competitive advantage through our relationship with Agilysys KSG."