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Application Router Forces Integration Re-Think

  • 25 August, 2004 16:29

<p>Low-cost, enterprise-ready appliance eliminates need for costly middleware and conventional EAI complexity</p>
<p>CIOs and IT Managers are being forced to re-think their enterprise application integration strategies following the release of a new data centre-ready appliance designed to replace costly middleware solutions and conventional EAI complexity, it was claimed at the Australian launch of Cast Iron Systems’ Application Router today.</p>
<p>Cast Iron’s Application Router provides a fundamentally new approach to integrating enterprise applications and replaces complex middleware solutions. The Application Router solves the most common integration problems and connects to databases, XML sources, any system with flat files and most major ERP systems without making any modifications to existing systems or new coding.</p>
<p>“The Cast Iron Application Router is at the forefront of a new wave of dedicated appliances that offer data centre-ready capability and performance,” said Gordon Anthony, managing director of Australian-owned enterprise appliance solutions reseller and systems integrator Global Asset Systems.</p>
<p>“In recent years, appliances for security, storage and routing have proliferated, creating a new and favourable mindset among CIOs and IT managers towards these low-cost, dedicated and purpose-built devices.</p>
<p>“Until now, these appliances have largely been limited to playing ‘guardian’ or support functions on the network edge,” Anthony points out. “This new wave of enterprise-ready appliances, such as the Cast Iron Application Router, is taking over key elements of the data centre and offering businesses a significant opportunity to lower their costs while reducing the complexity of their data centre systems and strategies.</p>
<p>“The Cast Iron Application Router can be deployed in the data centre within hours rather than months,” Anthony said. “And we’re talking costs in the range of thousands, not millions, with customers reporting ROI payback within four months.</p>
<p>“These compelling arguments will drive CIOs and IT Managers – especially those under acute budgetary strain – to re-think their data centres,” Anthony said.</p>
<p>The Cast Iron Application Router is designed for medium- and large-sized organisations that want to install and integrate a variety of applications quickly and easily. It provides robust design tools for business process definition, data mapping and content-based routing as well as a web-based management console for reporting, error handling, notifications and remote administration.</p>
<p>Cast Iron customers include British Telecom, Motorola and British American Tobacco (Australia).</p>
<p>The Cast Iron difference
* Appliance-based approach to integration
* Simplicity
* Lower acquisition cost and TCO</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability –
Available from August2004. Introductory pricing is set at A$130,000.00 including hardware, licensing and training.</p>
<p>Notes for Editors
Global Asset Systems (GAS) is an Australian-owned enterprise appliance solutions reseller and systems integrator. The company has a long history of introducing breakthrough products to the Asia Pacific market that excel in the management and delivery of data across complex infrastructures, while reducing TCO. These have included Cast Iron Systems, Redline Networks, Network Physics and Peribit.</p>
<p>GAS also provides services for application, security and wide area network infrastructures. Powerful workforce scheduling and asset management solutions that are sophisticated and easy to use.</p>
<p>GAS’ focus is to empower organisations to link their IT investments with business value.</p>
<p>The company’s Australian head office is at 1 Short Street, Chatswood NSW and can be contacted on freecall 1300 13 22 18.</p>
<p>For more information please visit</p>
<p>For further information:
Gordon Anthony is available for comment
1300 13 22 18 (tel)
0418 273 227 (mob)</p>
<p>Media contact:
Michael Henderson
02 9957 5555 (tel)
0413 054 738 (mob)</p>

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