More freedom of choice, better hardware utilization, fewer costs
OpenPKG Enterprise 1 for Business Customers
Dachau, December 12th, 2006.
"OpenPKG Enterprise 1" is immediately available to business customers.
Right on time to the completion of its first year in existence, the
OpenPKG GmbH complements the "OpenPKG Community" product series with
a software which is specifically tailored to the needs of business
customers. The toolkit is proven in the datacenter environment for
years and unleashes noticeable cost savings in the areas of system
administration and hardware.
The manpower requirements for system administration of individual
Unix solutions increases with the augmented use of pristine Open
Source Software. OpenPKG counteracts with concise packaging and
consequent unification of the system environment. Costly expertise is a
prerequisite for the implementation of complex customer requirements.
The toolkit OpenPKG transforms the knowledge of leading experts into a
technically reproducible form. Hundreds of prepared software packages
can be combined into specific applications, also known as "software
Quality assurance makes high demands on reproducible solutions while
daily operation focuses on maintainability and security aspects. OpenPKG
automates operating procedures and with OpenPKG Enterprise 1 the OpenPKG
GmbH constantly provides late-breaking and backward-compatible software
updates to its customers. Due to this feature, IT departments, system
integrators and software vendors can rely on OpenPKG Enterprise 1,
especially for security sensitive applications in the Internet area.
According to a Gartner publication , server virtualization offers
companies opportunities to reduce investment and operation costs while
at the same time improve their capacity and service levels. In addition
to a server's current functionality, OpenPKG can be deployed multiple
times, thus practicing todays emerging trend to virtualization for
years. Furthermore, OpenPKG provides companies a tremendous freedom in
system choice. Hence users can benefit rapidly from innovations in the
hardware and operating system markets.
"Cross-Platform" offers freedom of choice
and increases productivity
OpenPKG provides a framework for Unix system administrators, system
integrators and software developers, which offers a uniform working
environment independent from the platform in use. This opens new
possibilities for the migration of existing applications to servers with
different hardware architecture and differing Unix derivatives. Porting
efforts are minimized and in most cases eliminated completely. Existing
tools and operation methods can be transferred to the new environment
"When our growing demands called for a short term upgrade to a different
hardware architecture and appropriate operation system, the migration was fully
transparent to us OpenPKG users," enjoys Harald Schröpfer, technical director
of the online dating agency PARSHIP.
The initial skill adaption phase of administrators reduces
to provisions outside the scope of OpenPKG. This leads to a noticeable
increase in productivity.
"Multi-Instance" offers better server utilization
and reduces hardware costs
As a self-contained software distribution, OpenPKG works independent
from the underlying operating system to the utmost extend. It can be
installed multiple times into separate instances which can be populated
with identical or different software. In many use cases, this simple yet
powerful virtualization approach is fully sufficient. If necessary, the
use of OpenPKG can be combined with other virtualization solutions.
"Our datacenter leverages OpenPKG as a fully qualified virtualization solution
for optimum utilization of server capacities," states Jürgen Städing, managing
director of the full service Internet provider SpaceNet.
The reduced requirements for hardware brings down both the capital
expenditures and operational expenditures. "For a typical server in
the 24×7 datacenter operation, an annual electric power consumption
equivalent to roughly 500 U.S. Dollars has to be assumed," calculates Thomas
Lotterer, managing director of the OpenPKG GmbH. Cutting one machine
already saves this amount and additional saving potentials in the areas
of uninterruptible power supply, cooling, rack rental fees, network
connectivity and administration are not even considered.
Profitable entry starts at ten servers
The more versatile and differentiated the Unix server landscape, the
better the benefit of OpenPKG for the company. The saving potential
of OpenPKG results from an optimal organization and utilization of IT
resources. "Even under consideration of initial deployment costs, the
break-even for our customers using the OpenPKG Enterprise product is
already reached in environments with ten servers," recommends Lotterer.
Price and scope of services
The smallest base pack  of OpenPKG Enterprise 1 comprises the license
for use on ten servers, functional and security relevant updates, a
media kit, a printed handbook and a discount offering for individual
services. The price is 6985 U.S. Dollars for the ten servers mentioned, for
larger base packs and additionally available server licenses a volume
Supported are all common hardware architectures with ix86, AMD64 und
SPARC processors and Unix derivates including FreeBSD, GNU/Linux
distributions und Sun Solaris. OpenPKG Enterprise 1 ships with nearly
600 software packages, which especially contain the latest versions of
popular Open-Source Software components – including Apache, GCC, MySQL,
PostgreSQL, Samba, Perl, PHP, Python and many more.
About the OpenPKG GmbH
The OpenPKG GmbH  was founded on December 12th 2005 by Ralf S.
Engelschall und Thomas Lotterer, after they had already established
the OpenPKG Foundation e.V.  at the beginning of the same year.
Both organizations support the Open Source Software project OpenPKG
 and use it to share code and information. While the OpenPKG
Foundation e.V. targets private individuals with its "OpenPKG Community"
download-distribution, the OpenPKG GmbH exclusively addresses business
customers with its "OpenPKG Enterprise" product.
- Gartner Research G00140866, 2006-06-06:
How Server Virtualization Benefits Midsize Businesses
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