September 12, 2008

VIP Tone Leverages rPath’s Technology for Its EduTone Gateway(TM)

VIP Tone today announced it has selected rPath's rBuilder(R) and the rPath Appliance Platform(TM) to distribute and maintain its EduTone Gateway(TM) virtual appliance. VIP Tone's EduTone(TM) Platform is a single sign-on identity management and web services delivery and provisioning platform, specifically designed for the K-20 education vertical market.

rPath's rBuilder is the first and only development platform that simplifies and automates the creation of virtual appliances. rBuilder gives VIP Tone an automated and repeatable build process to ensure the highest quality images every time, and the rPath Appliance Platform provides a complete appliance lifecycle management capabilities, from creation through deployment, configuration, management, and update.

"Until now, data driven systems in K-20 education have been managed manually, one at a time," said Robert Iskander, CEO, VIP Tone. "The rPath virtual appliance route enables us to automate software distribution, rapidly deploy our platform as well as update and maintain deployments globally in a streamlined environment. We can even have an initial deployment operational within a few hours time."

The EduTone Gateway enables customer-premise, automated, single sign-on access to web-based applications and proprietary content channels. This end-to-end authentication infrastructure creates a comprehensive solution that provides full integration of SIS and human resources data with user identity and credentials information. Additionally, the EduTone Gateway securely automates identity data lifecycle management for schools, improving web security and simplifying overall system administration.

"VIP Tone recognizes that virtual appliances provide the K-20 education market with a simple solution that is easy to deploy and maintain. By leveraging rPath's technology, they are able to capitalize on the fastest and most complete route to market for their appliance," said Billy Marshall, rPath CEO.

About rPath(R)

rBuilder and the rPath Lifecycle Management Platform automate the creation, configuration, management and maintenance of application images for virtualized and cloud computing environments. By producing application images that are optimized for any hypervisor, rPath frees the application from the underlying hardware, and enables a more efficient, lower cost model for development, deployment and support. rPath's end-to-end technology simplifies the entire range of lifecycle management activities for application images, while promoting scalability in response to dynamic demand. rPath is headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Visit

About VIP Tone, Inc.

Serving over 3,600,000 students and over 100,000 teachers in over 7,000 schools around the globe, VIP Tone helps educators create world-class school environments with one integrated solution for their learning, communication and collaboration needs. VIP Tone's product set consists of VIP PBX(TM), an IP telephony communication and messaging system; School MATRIX(R), an education resource planning (ERP) solution; and the EduTone Xchange(TM), a pre-integrated K-20 educational software and content services delivery platform that features an identity management and automated provisioning appliance. VIP Tone is a privately held company headquartered in Alameda, California. For more information, visit the VIP Tone web site at