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IDC Announces Partnership with MPG
to Provide Server Performance Indicators

Framingham, MA, July 21, 2011 - IDC and Midrange Performance Group (MPG) today announced a partnership allowing MPG to embed IDC's Qualified Performance Indicator™ (QPI™) into its Power Navigator® product, providing systems administrators and sales professionals with the ability to model server workloads across various manufacturers' server platforms.

There are a myriad of decisions being made by IT buyers and vendors regarding data center performance, power consumption, density and cost. Of all the metrics, performance has been the most difficult to measure when comparing servers of different ages, architectures and brands. IDC and MPG have come together to make it easier to compare and evaluate different server platforms.

"We are excited about working with MPG to create the industry's first comprehensive capacity planning tool that allows for side-by-side server comparisons," said David Reinsel, IDC, Group Vice President, Storage and Semiconductors. "This tool will help all organizations do a better job of capacity planning and the associated modeling of server workloads across vendors."

The joint offering helps IT Buyers plan, configure, and manage their server infrastructure and associated investments in a way that previously wasn't possible. IDC's QPI™ metric combined with MPG's capacity planning and performance measurement software allows for a more informed and confident decision when considering data center consolidation, server replacement, outsourcing and/or server virtualization.

"This important relationship between MPG and IDC will enable MPG and its Business Partners to show their clients their own, specific workloads, modeled on various server platforms, with the confidence that such a technology change will actually work successfully," said Randy Watson, MPG President.

This combined offering helps organizations that are planning and managing a server upgrade or consolidation effort and are looking for vendor specific hardware recommendations. Data is collected using MPG's Power Navigator® product on an ongoing basis so future decisions about the evolution of a data center can be made efficiently and with confidence.

Contacts
For more information about IDC's Qualified Performance Indicator™ (QPI™), please visit www.idc.com/qpi or contact Brian Clarke (bclarke@idc.com) or Ken Hoyt (khoyt@idc.com).

For more information about MPG's Power Navigator® product, please visit www.mpginc.com or contact Randy Watson (rwatson@mpginc.com).

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts provide global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 47 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

About MPG
Midrange Performance Group®, Inc. (MPG) is a recognized industry expert in capacity planning and performance measurement for midrange and enterprise class servers. Dedicated to helping their customers get the most from their IT investment, MPG has assisted a wide variety of businesses and organizations to manage the cost and improve the performance of their hardware and software systems.

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