SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH —(PRNEWS WIRE)— ClearCenter, a leader in redefining the way IT is delivered, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Witsbits Inc., a venture backed startup based in San Francisco, built on KVM, started in 2011 and funded by Bootstrap Labs, Redhawk Invest and Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund.
The Witsbits patent pending virtual infrastructure makes bare-metal servers 100% cloud managed and virtualization-ready. Customers simply boot their servers after downloading a unique file. That’s it, no configuration or installation process. Servers are then cloud managed, automatically upgraded, and virtualization-ready, saving significant time, headaches and money.
Witsbits currently supports Operating Systems such as CentOS, Debian, pfSense, Ubuntu®, Microsoft® Windows Server®, Fedora®, TurnKey Linux, MineOS, Linux Mint and soon will tightly integrate with both Red Hat® and ClearOS®.
"Witsbits virtual infrastructure technology is at the cutting edge of the next generation of simplified, scalable and centralized virtualization management," said Michael Proper, ClearCenter’s CEO, while announcing the acquisition.
"ClearCenter has a great team with lot's of IT and business successes behind them and has collaborated enthusiastically with us since 2012," said Mikael Lirbank , Witsbits’ founder and former CEO. "I, along with the entire Witsbits team, am pleased to be joining ClearCenter to help change the way IT get’s done. Together we will enable Centralized Management of both On Premise and Off Premise VM’s and Applications while reducing time to deployment and maintenance of virtualization and app management to zero", he said.
ClearCenter will continue the operation of Witsbits product under the new product named, ClearVM, and plan to intensify the development of of the product. Existing customers will continue to access their Witsbits-managed systems as before.
“ClearCenter is planning to combine it’s ClearOS Operating System with the Witsbits Virtualization Management Platform, and intelligently compete in the centralized virtualization market through the acquisition”, Proper said.
“I am very excited about ClearCenter’s plans for Witsbits and what it will mean in additional value for our existing and future customers. Witsbits’ customers will continue to enjoy the product without interruption.”, said Lirbank.
Witsbits removes the complexity of deploying and managing virtualization and IT infrastructure. Witsbits provides a next generation Virtual Machine (VM) platform built on Red Hat’s® KVM which directly competes with products from companies like VMware®, Citrix® XenServer®, Oracle's® VirtualBox® and Microsoft® Hyper-V®. Witsbits currently has customers in more than 1,400+ cities around the world.
ClearCenter is redefining the way IT is delivered by helping to intelligently integrate open and closed technologies for small or distributed IT environments. ClearCenter provides award-winning products and solutions built for ClearOS consisting of applications, services, support, hardware, subscriptions, and now virtualization, many delivered by a next generation marketplace built for ClearOS. ClearOS is deployed in 300,000+ locations around the globe in 150+ Countries. ClearCenter has offices in New Zealand, Canada, India and the United States of America. Learn more about ClearCenter at www.clearcenter.com or more about ClearOS at www.clearos.com.
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INTEROP LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — April 30, 2015 — ClearFoundation an open source foundation which is dedicated to Intelligently integrating and organizing open source technologies today announced the initial release of ClearOS 7 (download here) at Interop 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada, United States of America.
ClearOS 7 is built from much of the same source code as Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 7®*, CentOS 7 and delivers a simple open source IT Operating System, focused on managing IT Layers such as the Gateway, Network, Server and more to come via the ClearOS Marketplace.
ClearOS 7 will be available as a single ISO/Image, and enable installations targeted for Home and Business environments, along with continuing to offer its free Community edition and will unveil an all new Hosted edition designed for hosting providers. Each edition will continue to offer on-demand Cloud Services and third party app integration.
ClearOS 7 provides a stable but dynamic operating system for both on-premise, off-premise, physical, virtual, private clouds and public clouds and a solid foundation for hybrid combinations. ClearOS is built to work with a new ClearCenter Product (yet to be released) called ClearVM, which will continue to simplify and innovate next-generation IT needs.
New ClearOS 7 Features Include:
- Samba 4, Directory (Microsoft® Active Directory Replacement)
- New Google® Apps Connector
- Updated Microsoft Active Directory Connector
- IPv6 Ready
- Streamlined Theme System
- Dynamic Dashboard
- Updated Antispam and Antivirus Engines
- Updated IDS and IPS Engines
- Event and Alert Notification Framework
New Upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Features Include:
- XFS and BTRFS Filesystem Support
- Improved VM Support, including Microsoft Hyper-V
Further, ClearOS 7 will be supported by ClearCenter’s ClearCARE Support Team and new ClearCenter training and certification programs, featuring virtual courses and how-to videos. More details about the ClearOS 7 training and certification courses will be available soon and will be accessible here.
ClearFoundation helps to intelligently integrate open source technologies for IT environments. ClearOS is deployed in 300,000+ locations around the globe in 150+ Countries. ClearFoundation is based in New Zealand. Learn more at www.clearfoundation.com.
ClearCenter is redefining the way IT is delivered by helping to intelligently integrate open and closed technologies for small or distributed IT environments. ClearCenter provides award-winning products and solutions built for ClearOS consisting of applications, services, support, hardware, subscriptions, and virtualization; many delivered by a next generation marketplace built for ClearOS. ClearOS is currently deployed in 300,000+ locations around the globe in 150+ Countries. ClearCenter has offices in New Zealand, Canada, India and the United States of America. Learn more about ClearCenter at www.clearcenter.com or more about ClearOS at www.clearos.com.
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Join the InformationWeek Analysts Review Session for the long awaited sneak-peek at the release of ClearOS 7 Beta at the Interop 2015 Event on Thursday April 30, 2015 / Executive Briefing Room at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Or select your time here if you are attending one of the following events (Interop, InformationWeek, CloudConnect or Lenovo Accelerate) and would like to lock your personal one-on-one-face-to-face time with Michael Proper to review what ClearOS 7 can do today and discuss the potential of what ClearOS 7 will be able to do tomorrow.
Interop 2015 - April 27- May 1, 2015 / Mandalay Bay
InformationWeek 2015 - April 27-28, 2015 / Mandalay Bay
CloudConnect 2015 - April 27- May 1, 2015 / Mandalay Bay
Lenovo Accelerate 2015 - April 27-29, 2015 / Mandalay Bay