Offering Provides Greater Visibility into Physical and Virtual Costs, Simplifying Allocation, Chargeback, and ROI Analysis to Accelerate Enterprise Virtualization Deployments

Bellevue, Wash. – July 29, 2009 – Apptio, the leading provider of on demand IT Cost Transparency software, today announced general availability of a Cost Transparency solution for VMware vSphere™ 4. This offering complements the capabilities of the VMware vCenter™ product family, including the recently announced VMware vCenter™ Chargeback. The Apptio solution provides enterprise IT executives and financial managers comprehensive visibility into the costs of their physical and virtual IT infrastructure. The solution provides built in templates and best practices for cost allocation and chargeback of virtualization, integrated analysis of server cost and utilization to drive prioritization of virtualization targets, and ongoing ROI management of virtualization initiatives.

While server virtualization has been broadly adopted across almost all enterprise IT organizations, according to Gartner Research, fewer than 15% of servers in the enterprise are virtualized today. To get the most of out of their investments in virtualization, enterprises need to understand how to manage and optimize the costs of virtualization in the context of their overall delivery of IT services to the business.

Initial virtualization projects provided dramatic increases in utilization and clear reduction in overall costs. However, the movement away from the physical server as the unit of allocation introduced new considerations for IT organizations to take into account to accurately cost and chargeback for IT services across physical and virtual infrastructure. In addition to driving the next wave of virtualization, enterprise IT organizations find themselves in need of better analytics to identify high cost, low utilization targets, and more accurately quantify the ongoing ROI of these projects.

To manage this virtualization driven business transformation, enterprise customers need visibility into the total costs of virtualization, including hardware, software, facilities and labor. IT and Finance teams need the ability to easily integrate virtualization into their enterprise-wide, IT services cost allocation and chargeback strategies and the ability to continually analyze the cost and utilization of their server environments to optimize the ROI of virtualization.

The Apptio Server Virtualization Cost Transparency solution addresses these needs and helps IT departments maximize their investments in virtualization.

VMware vSphere™ 4 provides powerful virtualization management solutions that accelerate deployment and simplify the management of virtualized infrastructure and the applications that depend on it. Apptio’s new offering works with and extends the capabilities of these offerings to add actual cost data, an integrated allocation and chargeback view across physical and virtual infrastructure and robust financial management framework that CIOs and senior IT executives can rely on to manage the business impact of virtualization.

“As enterprise customers continue to expand their private cloud environments on the VMware platform, improved ability to manage, allocate and charge back costs is an important ingredient,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, alliances, VMware. “Apptio’s solution complements VMware vSphere™ 4 and the new VMware vCenter™ Chargeback to provide additional cost visibility across physical and virtual infrastructures.”

“We are pleased to be working with VMware to provide our joint customers with the ability to leverage our combined solutions to get greater visibility into virtualization costs and proactively address the business transformations necessary to truly unlock the potential of their virtualization investments,” said Sunny Gupta, Chief Executive Officer for Apptio.

Also announced today, Apptio Adds Server Virtualization Cost Transparency Solution to Out of Box Templates.

About Apptio

Apptio is the leading independent provider of on-demand Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions for managing the business of IT. Apptio enables IT leaders to manage the cost, quality and value of IT Services by providing deep visibility into the total cost of IT services, communicating the value of IT to the business through an interactive Bill of IT™, and strategically aligning the planning, budgeting and forecasting processes. Apptio's TBM solutions play a critical role in helping companies understand and drive chargebackvirtualizationcloud and other key technology initiatives. Global enterprise customers such as Bank of America, Boeing, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, St. Luke's Health System, and Swiss Re rely on Apptio® products and services to reduce costs and align IT with business priorities. For more information, visit the Apptio website or the Apptio blog.


Karli Overmier
Barokas PR for Apptio
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