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ASG Software Solutions Aligns Business and IT with Launch of CloudFactory 8.0

Bridging the gap between disconnected business and IT processes, ASG Software Solutions today announced the launch of CloudFactory 8.0, the next generation of ASG´s cloud orchestration suite that aligns the corporate data center with the tools users really need to meet rapidly evolving business challenges. By enabling IT organizations to leverage their existing data center resources (mainframes, distributed and virtualized workloads) alongside their public cloud resources (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) and software investments (Microsoft, Citrix and VMware) under one management platform, CloudFactory 8.0 increases both business efficiency and user mobility, while also ensuring greater compliance, reliability, security and accelerated ROI for previous and current cloud investments.

Organizations today have workloads scattered across mainframe and distributed environments, private and public clouds, as well as disparate software systems. This causes critical data and information to become siloed, which decreases business productivity and efficiency, and puts companies at risk of compliance violations. By providing proven and secure solutions for desktop transformation, IT-as-a-service and data center automation, ASG CloudFactory 8.0 empowers end users with far greater flexibility than traditional desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. With its intuitive, dynamic, hybrid workspaces for both desktop and mobile devices, and highly automated self-service provisioning solutions, CloudFactory provides an individualized, consistent and compliant workplace experience to an increasingly mobile workforce.

“CloudFactory 8.0 lets businesses derive more value from their past, present and future data center investments by effectively eliminating traditional silos to enable application-centric cloud and data center management.” said Torsten Volk, vice president of product management, ASG Software Solutions. “With a single tool for both legacy and modern environments companies can now truly bridge the gap between the corporate data center and the tools their employees use every day.”

CloudFactory 8.0 gives enterprises one tool to manage all of their IT environments and resources. It incorporates today's popular Web 2.0 services like Office 365, Dropbox, Zoho and Facebook; SaaS enterprise applications such as Salesforce and NetSuite; public cloud offerings from Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure; as well as core technologies such as those from Citrix, VMware and Microsoft. CloudFactory 8.0 also enables the unified management of legacy IT and modern environments based on OpenStack, CloudStack, CloudFoundry and other distributed platforms.

“Enterprise users today expect the same fantastic user experience they are getting from services such as Dropbox, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Spotify,” said Steve Brasen, managing research director, Enterprise Management Associates. “At the same time, IT administrators must receive a central control panel to ensure compliance, security, availability and performance. ASG CloudFactory enables customers to leverage their existing environments to create user-centric application workspaces that are simple to manage by existing staff.”

About ASG Software Solutions

ASG Software Solutions connects sophistication and experience with agility and technological efficiency, through its vendor-agnostic cloud, content and systems solutions. ASG helps companies solve today’s most pressing business issues, including everything from reducing operating costs and enhancing workforce productivity to ensuring regulatory compliance. With customers like American Express, Coca-Cola, GE, HSBC, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Toyota, Verizon, and Wells Fargo, ASG can proudly say that more than 70 percent of global Fortune 500 companies trust it to optimize their existing IT investments. Founded in 1986, ASG Software Solutions is a global company headquartered in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 1,200 employees. For more information, visit www.asg.com or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

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