SOURCE: Marathon Technologies

January 15, 2008 08:30 ET

Marathon Technologies and Bally Technologies Sign Distribution Agreement

Agreement Provides High-Availability Solution for Gaming Systems

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Marathon Technologies Corporation, the leading provider of automated, fault tolerant-class availability solutions for virtual and physical environments, announced today that Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), the world's largest gaming systems company, is offering Marathon's everRun availability software with its Windows-based slot and casino management applications.

Bally offers everRun with its comprehensive set of gaming systems solutions to ensure that its customers, including some of the world's largest casinos, have continuous access to critical casino management data, networks and applications. Based on the success of installations, Bally has signed a Distribution Agreement with Marathon.

Marathon's Windows-based everRun software does not physically interact with gaming applications and unlike many availability solutions, requires very little human intervention and maintenance. everRun is already implemented in a number of casinos and is protecting their gaming applications from disruptions.

"We recognize that from a business and revenue perspective, it is critical that our customers' Windows-based gaming systems and applications are highly available, and this can be challenging for those casinos with limited onsite IT resources," said Tom Doyle, Vice President of Systems Product Management and Compliance at Bally Technologies. "In the multiple Bally Systems sites in which we have implemented everRun, we have found that it helps us achieve our goal of delivering technology that enables gaming operators to run their businesses more efficiently."

Marathon's everRun line of fault-tolerant software products protects Microsoft Windows applications from leading sources of downtime while eliminating the need for costly and complex failover processes, specialized applications, or proprietary server hardware. Turnkey, automation, and simplicity are the cornerstones of the everRun line, which uses embedded intelligent policy management to prevent application downtime. The primary benefit to the end user is that they are protecting their business by ensuring continuity of operations -- simply, at low cost and with complete confidence.

"Bally, a world leader in gaming systems, has a great understanding of where the gaming industry is headed in terms of technology and innovation," said Gary Phillips, President and CEO of Marathon Technologies. "We're pleased that they have recognized the value of adding our everRun software as part of their solution offerings for their customers."

About Marathon Technologies

Marathon Technologies Corporation is driving the convergence of availability and virtualization technologies through its v-Available™ initiative. Marathon is the only company to deliver a complete range of automated, fault tolerant-class availability and disaster recovery software solutions for all essential Windows applications. The company's everRun™ product family protects businesses by ensuring continuity of operations in virtual and physical environments. Marathon is a privately held, venture-backed corporation based in Littleton, Massachusetts, USA, with offices worldwide. For more information please visit, call 978-489-1100 or 888-682-1142.

About Bally Technologies

With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally's product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives and Class II, lottery and central determination games and platforms. As the world's No. 1 gaming systems company, Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions. The Company also owns and operates Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. For more information on Bally Technologies, please visit

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