Exeter, Rhode Island, July 3, 2012NWN Carousel, a leader in data networking and converged communications, announced that it has signed an agreement with Atlantis Computing™, a leader in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) storage and performance optimization solutions. By carrying the Atlantis ILIO™ storage optimization solutions — which have recently achieved VMware Ready™ status — Carousel strengthens and enhances its overall virtualization portfolio, putting true VDI solutions within the reach of mid-size to enterprise level organizations.

One of the biggest challenges organizations face in deploying VDI solutions is overcoming CAPEX costs, which have traditionally been as much as $1,000 per user. Carousel has put together a ‘technology stack’ featuring solutions from Atlantis Computing to complement VMware View deployments, which can reduce CAPEX by 50 percent or more. As a result, a wide range of companies, educational institutions and other organizations can now leverage true VDI solutions with a minimal cash outlay.

“Even though the benefits of VDIs are widely understood and market proven, many IT organizations have had difficulty selling the upfront capital cost required to C-level executives,” commented Phil Magnuszewski, director, data center technologies of NWN Carousel. “By embedding Atlantis ILIO as part of our overall VDI design, we can now cut the storage infrastructure required by upwards of 90 percent, significantly reducing the overall cost to the end user. Many companies can now simply allocate their existing PC ‘refresh budgets’ and direct it towards a true VDI project.”

By implementing a VDI solution, organizations are able to realize significant cost, efficiency and productivity advantages. For example, companies can reduce overall operational costs since administrators are now supporting a common desktop infrastructure rather than thousands of end-user desktop environments. Additionally, organizations can ensure that sensitive data resides within the data center rather than at end point devices, significantly reducing the risk of a security breach.

“By partnering with NWN Carousel, we are reaching a broader base of customers while leveraging the knowledge and support of the entire Carousel team,” said Bernard Harguindeguy, CEO, Atlantis Computing. “Our storage optimization solutions are deployed at some of the largest VDI implementations in the world, and each day we are helping more companies realize the many benefits of desktop virtualization – with lower costs and a great user experience.”

NWN Carousel is currently implementing a VDI deployment optimized by Atlantis ILIO consisting of several hundred virtual desktops within a major northeastern higher educational institution. The college — which has several satellite locations and sister campuses — has plans to increase its VDI footprint by 10 fold in the near term and will be able to accomplish this with a minimal investment and no ‘forklift upgrade’ requirements.

About Carousel

NWN Carousel designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, managed services, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% – 50% per year with 2011 revenues of approximately $326 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times.

Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 1,000 employees working from offices in 30 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country.

About Atlantis Computing

Atlantis Computing is transforming enterprise desktop computing by solving the challenges of virtual desktop deployments: storage costs, performance and deployment risks. The Atlantis ILIO software complements VDI solutions to cut VDI costs and deliver a desktop that is faster and cheaper than a PC. With Atlantis ILIO, IT organizations can deploy 4-7 times more desktops on the same storage footprint, making VDI more affordable by both cutting the amount of storage needed per desktop and enabling the use of less expensive storage options. Atlantis Computing is privately held and funded by Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures, and Partech International with headquarters in Mountain View, California, and offices in London, England. For more information, visit: www.atlantiscomputing.com.

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
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