, (PressExposure) April 15, 2008 -- Stratavia, a leading provider of data center automation software, today announced that Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), one of the nationâs largest mid-western electricity and natural gas providers, has selected Strataviaâs Data Palette data center automation platform to streamline its IT operations and support the companyâs mission to grow its low-cost, reliable, environmentally sound energy business.
âXcel Energy is committed to advancing technologies that allow us to better serve our customers and optimize system performance across the entire energy grid,â said Michael Carlson, Chief Information Officer, Xcel Energy. âWeâre pleased to be working with Stratavia to find innovative solutions for automating our critical IT processes, such as server server provisioning and database administration
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. It provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers. Founded more than 150 years ago, it owns more than 34,500 miles of natural gas pipelines. Xcel Energyâs data center operations, 100% outsourced to IBMâs Global Services, plays a crucial role in the distribution of these utilities to customers, and requires the utmost in service and availability.
With increasing demands on the IT organization, Xcel Energy required a solution to standardize and centralize critical processes while providing the ability to carry these processes out in scale, with guaranteed quality and positive results. Strataviaâs Data Palette data center automation platform takes care of Xcel Energyâs critical, yet repetitive processes and seamlessly integrates with existing IT standards.
âIn our industry, it is important to provide the highest service levels possible to our customers, while managing costs. We expect the breadth of capabilities included in the Data Palette platform will allow us to avoid paying for significant future upgrades -- savings which can be passed along to our energy customers,â Carlson continued.
Data Palette is Strataviaâs award-winning, patent-pending platform that automates complex, manually intensive yet repetitive data center tasks. Data Palette helps IT professionals define, build and centrally orchestrate standard operating procedures and report on mission-critical IT operations. It features decision, task and process automation, and an intelligent rules engine that empowers IT administrators.
This ability to combine multiple levels of automation with innovative predictive analytics capabilities provide a higher level of automation intelligence, perfectly suited for IT organizations who wish to become business driven and move away from chaotic, reactive activities.
âXcel Energy is a prime example of how our platform can automate data center operations in critical and complex environmentsâ, said Thor Culverhouse, president and CEO, Stratavia. âFor utilities, IT disruptions, on any scale, have the potential to cause significant problems for businesses and customers alike and Xcel Energy is pioneering methods that set the standard for availability in their industry.â
About Stratavia Stratavia is a leading provider of Data Center Automation software. Stratavia's flagship solution, Data Palette, is based upon an intelligent Run Book Automation platform which automates complex, error-prone, manually intensive yet repetitive IT administration tasks, such as database administration and server provisioning. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Data Palette to define, build and execute standard operating procedures, and report on mission-critical applications and IT operations. Founded in 2001, Stratavia is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and is privately held and venture funded by Adams Street Partners, Asset Management Company and Vista Ventures. For more information go to http://www.stratavia.com. Pressrelease distribution by pressreleasepoint