power controllers to include the new Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) and Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM), as well as with managed power distribution units (PDUs) from Server Technology and Western Telematic Inc. (WTI). Cassatt has also added new software and hardware support for Sun FireTM x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers, Dell Blade Servers, and Cisco 6500 network switches.

"We are pleased to see Cassatt Active Response supporting the power controllers and hardware from Sun," said Bob McGaughey, senior director of systems product management at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The combination of Sun and Cassatt gives customers a way to improve the way they operate their servers and data centers, resulting in lower costs but also much more responsive IT systems. "

Cassatt Active Response is already compatible with server power controllers from Dell (ERA and DRAC), Hewlett-Packard (iLO), and IBM (BCMM) and external PDUs from APC, DualComm, and Baytech. Existing supported operating system platforms include Solaris on SPARC, Red Hat Linux, Novell SuSE Linux, and Microsoft Windows. Supported networking platforms also include the Cisco 3000 series, Extreme Summit 400, Dell PowerConnect, and the Nortel 5000 series.

Cassatt Active Response Product Line

The Cassatt Active Response product line delivers increased energy savings, smarter utilization of server assets, and increased application availability, while making it easier for customers to incrementally adopt data center efficiency improvements.

Cassatt Active Response 5.1 consists of three editions: Standard Edition, Premium Edition, and Data Center Edition -- each providing progressively more capabilities. Customers can start with the Standard Edition aimed exclusively at improving energy efficiency. They can then progressively expand their use of Cassatt by upgrading as needed to additional editions or by applying additional policy-based controls to more servers across their organizations. Cassatt will be adding a fourth edition to the product line, Cassatt Active Response, Enterprise Edition, enabling an enterprise to share and optimize its resources across multiple data centers in different geographies.

Pricing and Availability

The 5.1 release of Cassatt Active Response, Standard Edition, Premium Edition, and Data Center Edition are available now. Pricing for each edition in the Cassatt Active Response product line remains the same and includes the newly added capabilities. Cassatt Active Response, Standard Edition, starts at $200 per managed machine. Cassatt Active Response, Premium Edition, starts at $1,250 per managed machine. Cassatt Active Response, Data Center Edition, starts at $2,500 per managed machine.