Toronto - One of the country's largest providers of health, dental, group, life, disability and long-term care benefits, Aetna Inc. has selected CiRBA's data center intelligence (DCI) solution to capture and better understand the attributes and dynamics of the company's data center assets and resources"Aetna is expanding its business through acquisition and organic growth at an accelerated rate, with revenues increasing to over $22.5 billion in 2005," says Patti Schlosser, head of server & storage services, of Aetna Information Services. "Supporting an employee base of 28,000, Aetna's business segments demand increased flexibility, performance and reliability from its IT resources. With the growth of our business, the size, diversity and complexity of our IT infrastructure have dramatically increased, requiring us to have a firm grip on the management of the technologies and processes within that environment. We view CiRBA's Data Center Intelligence (DCI) as a solution that will immediately address Aetna's configuration management and compliance reporting requirements."

Aetna is expecting to gain efficiencies in server and storage resource management by implementing DCI to measure change across a heterogeneous infrastructure (AIX, HP/UX, SUN Solaris, Linux, VMWare and Windows); displace current manual processes and one-off script-driven activities; and contribute to inventorying and asset management objectives. CiRBA's data capture and reporting capabilities will build greater rigor into production support processes and audit-control compliancy requirements.

"In health care, with changing regulations and IT budgets growing consistently smaller, it is crucial to have full visibility into assets so that no dollar is wasted and no resource under-utilized," says Gerry Smith, president and CEO of CiRBA Inc.. "Coupled with the complexity of today's IT environments, untold resources are exhausted simply trying to track millions of elements and their dynamics across the data center each day. Improved data center intelligence can support business initiatives such as compliance, data center consolidation and risk management in large-scale, multi-platform IT environments."

CiRBA serves Global 3000 customers in a range of industries including healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, oil and gas, technology and managed services.

Source: CiRBA Inc.

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