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PHD Technologies Acquires Xtravirt&aposs Virtualization Products; Alex Mittell Joins as Director of R&D

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PHD Technologies, provider of the leading esXPRESS data protection solution for virtualized infrastructures, today announced the acquisition of UK-based Xtravirt's innovative suite of virtualization products. As part of the transaction, Xtravirt co-founder, Alex Mittell, will join PHD Technologies as Director of Research & Development. Xtravirt, a leading virtualization consultancy, will continue to partner with PHD Technologies as a distributor of esXPRESS to existing and new Xtravirt customers in the UK.

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — PHD Technologies, provider of the leading esXPRESS data protection solution for virtualized infrastructures, today announced the acquisition of UK-based Xtravirt's innovative suite of virtualization products. As part of the transaction, Xtravirt co-founder, Alex Mittell, will join PHD Technologies as Director of Research & Development. Xtravirt, a leading virtualization consultancy, will continue to partner with PHD Technologies as a distributor of esXPRESS to existing and new Xtravirt customers in the UK.

The virtualization tools acquired by PHD Technologies' will greatly benefit managers of virtualization infrastructures. These include VI3 SnapHunter, a virtual machine snapshot reporter; VI3 PatchDownloader, an automated downloader of VMware ESX patches; VISBU, an infrastructure backup utility and KS Quick Config, a tool to speed up the deployment and configuration of VMware ESX 3 servers.

"With the addition of Xtravirt's suite of virtualization tools, we are more comprehensively able to support our customers in the running and management of their virtual environments," said Sridhar Murthy, chief executive officer of PHD Technologies. "This acquisition, and our partnership with Xtravirt, supports our strategic priority of meeting the needs of our customers globally."

As part of the acquisition, Xtravirt's co-founder, Alex Mittell, joins PHD Technologies as Director of Research & Development. Mittell is widely known as a technical expert and thought leader in the virtualization community. Prior to co-founding Xtravirt, he worked at Oxford University in the UK as a virtual architect, setting up the university's virtual infrastructure. Mittell will continue to be based in London.

"I am excited to join PHD Technologies to further develop products for data protection and disaster recovery. esXPRESS is one of the best products available and I look forward to working with the team who created it to take it to the next level," said Alex Mittell.

About PHD Technologies

esXPRESS, developed by PHD Technologies, redefined data protection in 2005 with the introduction of the first differential backup engine for virtual servers. Today, using the Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA), esXPRESS uses virtual machines to backup virtual machines, without the cost of a dedicated physical server. The advantage for users is simple management and unlimited dynamic growth, no single point of failure, and scaleable performance. esXPRESS is a proud VMware Technology Alliance Partner. Visit www.esxpress.com to download a free trial copy and learn more.

About Xtravirt

Xtravirt provides virtualization solutions throughout the technology lifecycle, operating in three distinct areas: Services, Knowledge, and Engineering. The Services business is a virtualization consultancy, providing an extensive range of business solutions. The Knowledge business provides free information to assist IT professionals. The Engineering business develops freely downloadable, professional virtualization software products, as well as customized applications. Xtravirt is based in the United Kingdom and was co-founded by Paul Davey, Gavin Jolliffe, and Alex Mittell. http://www.xtravirt.com

SOURCE PHD Technologies

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