SOURCE: Marathon Technologies

Marathon Technologies, application availability, fault tolerance, SQL server, HA, high availablity

January 31, 2011 03:00 ET

Continuous, Uninterrupted Availability of SQL-Based Management Information System for Schools Provided by Marathon Technologies and 24/7 Uptime

everRun® Keeps Lakelands School in Session With Zero Downtime

BRACKNELL, ENGLAND and LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - January 31, 2011) - Lakelands School Sport & Language College, a comprehensive 11-16 school based in Ellesmere, Shropshire, England, today reported that everRun® from Marathon Technologies has delivered continuous, uninterrupted availability of Capita SIMS (School Information Management System) and an EPOS (electronic point of sale) application since its installation in May 2009. SIMS is used by 21,000 schools across the UK. 24/7 Uptime, a Marathon Technologies Elite partner headquartered in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, provided consulting and systems integration services.

Lakelands School uses SIMS to manage all parts of administration including curriculum planning, lesson structures, pupil attendance, pupil/parent contact information and learning assessments. everRun ensures the availability of the SQL Servers that support Capita SIMS and a biometric EPOS system used in Lakeland's facilities.

Always-On SQL Server Availability
Both Capita SIMS and the cashless EPOS systems are Windows-based applications. 24/7 Uptime deployed everRun to protect two physical servers that host these applications. everRun can be used in physical, virtual and blended environments, allowing protection of an unlimited number of computing environments while providing the flexibility and scalability to add critical systems, as required. Flexibility and scalability were important vendor selection criteria for Lakeland's IT team.

If either or both of the SQL Servers in the pair protected by everRun MX experiences failed disks, disabled NIC cards or disruption of power, the systems compute through without data corruption or a single lost transaction.

"In an educational establishment like Lakelands, we don't have a huge IT department and we have to work within a given financial budget," said Damian Edwards, IT Manager, Lakelands School. "We chose Marathon everRun because of its functionality -- we can select and protect our most critical applications to ensure they never go down -- and because it was more competitively priced than other solutions."

Results
Since deploying everRun from Marathon Technologies nearly two years ago, the Capita SIMS and EPOS systems that are critical to the daily operation of Lakelands School have had 100 percent availability; zero unplanned downtime. In addition, a strong partnership has formed between Lakelands' IT manager and 24/7 Uptime. "24/7 Uptime have always been very informative and responsive when we've asked for help. Good business relationships aren't just about money and ticking boxes; we enjoy great customer service from the 24/7 Uptime team," said Edwards.

Chris Robinson, sales & technical director, 24/7 Uptime, commented, "We are very pleased that Lakelands School feels that their confidence in 24/7 Uptime and Marathon Technologies has been well-placed. The consulting and services provided by 24/7 Uptime and flawless performance of Marathon Technologies' everRun have meant that Lakelands can always count on 100 percent application availability, now and in the future."

"Lakelands School relies on the Capita SIMS and EPOS systems to run all aspects of its daily operations. Any unplanned SQL Server downtime would make crucial business applications inaccessible and cause management disruption. By trusting their IT infrastructure to everRun MX with ComputeThru™ technology, Lakelands' IT team ensures the continuous availability of its SQL Servers and the mission-critical databases and applications they run. We're happy to count Lakelands among the more than 3,000 Marathon customers worldwide who turn to us to protect their most critical applications," said Nick Turnbull, vice president of international sales, Marathon Technologies.

About 24/7 Uptime
24/7 Uptime specialize in server high availability, fault tolerant and disaster recovery software solutions. They are Marathon Elite Partners and the leading high availability experts in the UK. Client sectors currently include manufacturing, energy, education and retail. To find out more please visit www.247uptime.co.uk

About Marathon Technologies
Marathon keeps applications running for more than 3,000 companies in more than 30 countries. From email to electronic records, factory floors to trading floors, 9-1-1 call centers to emergency rooms, our everRun® application availability software proactively prevents application downtime. As experts in application availability, we've applied what we've learned from working with the world's leading companies and application providers to deliver innovative software and services that prevent downtime, eliminate data loss and reduce operational costs. For more information on ensuring non-stop business operations, please visit us at www.marathontechnologies.com.

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