SOURCE: Marathon Technologies

April 14, 2008 08:30 ET

Marathon Technologies Offers Top Tips to Know Before Starting With Server Virtualization

Making the Business Case Is the Best Place to Start; Complete List of Tips Available on Marathon's Blog

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2008) - Marathon Technologies Corporation, the only provider of fault-tolerant, high availability software for physical and virtual servers, today unveiled its top tips organizations should consider before getting started with server virtualization. While the benefits of server virtualization are well documented, these tips are designed to help companies determine if server virtualization makes sense for them, and if so, how they should prepare to ensure a successful initial implementation.

TIP #1 - Make the Business Case for Server Virtualization

Before implementing server virtualization, IT executives should assess whether the technology will provide a reasonable return on investment. They should first take a look at how they are using servers today and ask themselves:

--  Do they have common applications running on a number of different
    servers?
--  Do they have enough servers that could and should be consolidated? Is
    the number of applications increasing and the capacity required for the
    applications continuing to expand?
--  Do they expect the number of servers they have to buy each year to
    increase? If so, by how much?
--  Is the business planning to undertake other large-scale technology
    implementations, and if so, how will this fit with a possible
    virtualization development?
    

In short, the IT department has to make a strong business case and justify the virtualization investment to ensure executive management support. To help conduct a quick assessment, ROI calculators are available from VMware and Marathon. Marathon also has a webinar recording available with John Humphreys, Program Vice President, Virtualization Software for IDC, "Making the Case for Server Virtualization," in which John provides essential guidance in making your business case.

For the full list of Marathon's top tips for getting started with virtualization, which include planning and implementation considerations, please visit Marathon's blog, Are you Available Tonight?

About Marathon Technologies

With over 1800 global customers, Marathon is the world's first and only provider of fault-tolerant, automated, high availability and disaster recovery software for physical and virtual servers. Marathon's everRun® software prevents outages and data loss -- without IT intervention. Organizations using everRun achieve uninterrupted availability, 100% data protection, and rapid recovery -- all through "one-click" operation. The company won a "Best of VMworld 2007 - New Technology" award for bringing fault-tolerant availability to virtual servers. CIO.com recently named Marathon Technologies one of "10 Virtualization Vendors to Watch in 2008." For more information visit www.marathontechnologies.com.

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