Stratus Technologies this week announced two new releases for its fault-tolerant platform for Microsoft Windows.
The two products, ftServer 6500 and ftServer 5240, are Stratus' latest efforts in the fault-tolerant server market for Windows. Stratus competes with Microsoft's Cluster Service and the Assured Availability Server by Marathon Technologies of Boxborough, Mass.
Stratus' new products, fully integrated systems with built-in hardware redundancy, are designed to prevent system failures, which cause headaches for IT pros. The 6500 and 5240 support Windows 2000 Advanced Server OS.
When a server fails, clustering software keeps Windows systems running, but sometimes the recovery can take several minutes, said Larry Sherman, Stratus director of Technical Marketing.
Stratus previously only served the Unix and HP-UX markets, along with a proprietary operating system called VOS, virtual operating system. Its fault-tolerant systems are for those Oses are for folks with fairly deep pockets -- prices can reach $1 million -- whereas Stratus' Windows products start at about $50,000.
"We wanted to get into a larger market with lower costs," Sherman said.
Stratus also moved into the Windows market because Microsoft has strengthened its OS.
"Windows has earned its stripes as a reliable operating system," said Ken Donoghue, Stratus director of public relations.
The ftServer 6500 is offered as a one, two or four-way SMP server and is suitable for large, international organizations with intensive database work. The 6500 boasts an Intel 1.6 GHz Xeon Processor MP with 1MB iL3 cache; it has more memory, cache, storage, and processors than the previous 5200 series. A one-way 6500 server starts at $65,000.
The ftServer 5240 is offered as a one or two-way SMP server and is suitable for regional organizations, Sherman said. The system ensures 99.999% uptime performance, Stratus claims. The 5240 is built on an Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz processor with 512KB iL2 cache and hyper-threading. A one-way 5240 starts at $49,500.
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