SOURCE: Marathon Technologies

Marathon Technologies

October 05, 2010 08:30 ET

Marathon Technologies Delivers Industry's First Software-Based Fault Tolerant Solution for SMP/Multi-Core Servers and Applications

everRun MX Breaks Through the Price/Performance Barrier to Continuous Uptime and Ushers in New Era of Application Availability

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) -  Marathon Technologies, the leading provider and innovator of availability solutions, announced the release of everRun MX, the industry's first software-based fault tolerant solution for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and multi-core servers and applications. With everRun MX, any organization can turn standard servers into hardened, fault tolerant platforms that prevent application downtime and eliminate data loss, critical requirements for today's always on world.

"Marathon's everRun MX solves one of the most technically challenging problems in computing: scalable fault-tolerance across multi-core server architectures," said Simon Crosby, chief technology officer, Datacenter and Cloud Division, Citrix, a Marathon business partner. "The implications for application availability are profound: every Windows-based application can be emancipated from downtime."

everRun MX also removes the price/performance barrier to continuous uptime, which not only eliminates the technology tradeoffs forced upon IT departments, but also makes world class availability obtainable by any organization, regardless of its size. everRun MX highlights Marathon's continual and award-winning track record of innovation in availability and builds upon its proven ComputeThru™ technology, which currently protects thousands of organizations around the world and their business-critical applications.

"everRun MX is a major technological achievement that shatters the price/performance barrier that prevents organizations from truly being always on. We call this application availability -- and we're taking it mainstream," said Jim Welch, president and chief executive officer, Marathon Technologies. "For years, too many organizations have settled for a complex patchwork of recovery-oriented solutions. everRun MX, offering complete application availability, blows that all away with a unified, prevention-based approach. We're removing the complexity, risk, and economic constraints so no organization -- large, small, local or remote -- will have to settle for less."

Key attributes of everRun MX include:

  • World class application availability through downtime prevention instead of recovery. Full SMP/multi-core fault tolerant and redundant operation across servers eliminates risks associated with system/VM restarts and data recovery.
  • No hardware lock-in. Runs on commodity servers, not specialized equipment. It immediately leverages hardware innovations while providing server selection freedom.
  • Natively scales and works with all applications, regardless of computing demands. Requires no application level customization or complex scripting routinely found in conventional availability offerings.
  • Fully automated and self-healing. everRun MX's prevention response requires no operator intervention, a trademark Marathon capability ideal for environments where staffing or access is constrained.

"Marathon's everRun software was the only solution that had exactly what I needed right out of the box, including fault tolerant support for multi-processors, easy snapshot capabilities and the freedom to choose the hardware that best fit my applications and environment," said Mike Rische, senior electrical project engineer, PPG Industries. "In addition, the automated failover and synching features are essential for my manufacturing environment, staffed mostly by non-IT employees, where manual failover solutions are not practical. After evaluating the everRun solution, I didn't need to look any further."

The Always On World and the New Requirements for Application Availability
The time constraints and geographic boundaries of business continue to erode, giving way to a 24x7 global marketplace with an uncompromising demand for continuous, non-stop operations and application uptime. This always on world relies on both advances in technology as well as improvements in automation to satisfy increasing market demands for goods and services. Unfortunately, the tools to keep critical systems running have not kept pace, leaving organizations at risk for downtime and data loss. The impact to both revenue and productivity are significant. Recent research by IDC shows revenue loss per hour for midsize companies ranges from $60,000 to $1 million, depending on industry. Productivity loss adds another $4,000 to $22,000 per hour. Coleman-Parkes Research also analyzed downtime for organizations over fifty people and found that the average loss per firm to be about $356,000 per year, which does not include brand impact or long-term efficiency effects. It is not only an issue for larger organizations either because smaller businesses rely on technology just as much -- and the risks are higher. Smaller companies took over 5.2 hours to recover from application downtime and data loss versus 3.2 hours for larger firms.

A New Approach: Application Availability
Marathon's vision of application availability is an integrated approach to effectively, simply, and economically build always on continuous operations into any organization, regardless of size or staffing levels. The goal is to ensure ongoing business operations by preventing downtime and data loss, regardless of localized failures or catastrophic disasters. Historically, this level of protection was neither economically feasible nor operationally practical for most organizations, leaving them vulnerable and at risk due to downtime. everRun MX is the first major pillar of application availability, which will be expanded with other pillars over the coming months.

Availability and Pricing
everRun MX is available immediately through Marathon's worldwide network of ISVs, OEMs and channel partners. A complete configuration starts at under $10,000. For more information on application availability and everRun MX, please visit Marathon will be demonstrating everRun MX for the first time in a live webinar on October 7 at 11:00 am EDT. Register here.

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

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