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Windstream Automates Migrations to Cloud Infrastructure

Customers benefit from faster, easier on-boarding of server workloads using Racemi technology

Racemi, a provider of automated server migration software that streamlines the process of migrating workloads to public, private, and hybrid clouds, has announced the availability of Windstream Cloud Path, a Software as a Service (SaaS) that facilitates the on-boarding of customer workloads to Windstream Hosted Solutions Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

This Windstream-branded version of Racemi Cloud Path provides a self-service portal that automates the migration of existing Windows and Linux servers to the Windstream IaaS, which leverages the VMware vCloud platform. Using Windstream Cloud Path, Windstream customers can migrate their server workloads quickly and easily with no disruption to their business. There is no infrastructure to deploy or manage on the customer's site, and key features such as Live Capture and CPU (central processing unit) throttling ensure there is no server downtime.

For nearly a decade, Windstream Hosted Solutions has delivered Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and managed services - such as disaster recovery, applications management, data protection - to more than 1,000 enterprise customers nationwide, ranging from start-ups to Fortune companies.

"There will be no faster or easier way to move existing workloads to Windstream's IaaS," said Lawrence Guillory, CEO, Racemi. "Customers will simply use Cloud Path's built-in migration wizard to securely move server workloads over to Windstream's cloud platform."

"After evaluating several migration vendors, Cloud Path stood out as the simplest, most powerful solution to deliver hassle-free computing," said Chris Nicolini, Windstream's senior vice president of data center operations. "This complements our existing solutions perfectly, further supporting our ‘smart solutions, personalized service.'"

Racemi's server imaging technology quickly clones server workloads between dissimilar physical, virtual or private cloud platforms, reducing the migration process from days to minutes. Compared to lengthier manual migrations, the new process delivers an average labor savings of over $800 per server. The Racemi SaaS captures the entire server stack-including operating system, applications, and configuration-and automatically converts it to run on the vCloud platform by applying the necessary tools and drivers during the migration process. This ensures existing workloads are migrated in their time-tested configuration, resulting in improved reliability and reduced support requirements.

Windstream Hosted Solutions offers a robust cloud computing solution that dramatically improves the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications for enterprise businesses, allowing them to rapidly implement cloud services without capital investments so they can reshape their environment on demand. The Hosted Solutions suite includes public, private, and hybrid cloud products, available to businesses nationwide. These managed and dedicated hosting solutions, combined with Windstream's full lineup of advanced network communications and technology products - including voice and data services such as VoIP, SIP trunking, MPLS, and dedicated high-speed internet - enable Windstream to offer its customers a complete set of integrated services.

About Windstream
Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. For more information about Windstream Hosted Solutions, visit www.windstreambusiness.com.

About Racemi
Racemi, the moving company for the cloud, has been named a "Cool Vendor" and has hundreds of customers, users, and partners around the globe. The company builds server provisioning and cloud migration technology that allows businesses to quickly migrate their existing physical and virtual servers between dissimilar physical, virtual, and cloud platforms and across geographies. For CSPs (cloud service providers), MSPs (managed service providers), and hosting providers, Racemi is the easiest, most reliable method for onboarding customers to their public, private, or hybrid cloud offering. Racemi also enables customers and partners to automate private data center provisioning by leveraging its market-leading server imaging technology to rapidly provision physical, virtual or private cloud servers in any automated use case. For more information, visit www.racemi.com.

More Stories By Glenn Rossman

Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.