SOURCE: Marathon Technologies

August 27, 2007 08:30 ET

Marathon Technologies Partners With Direct Systems Support to Deliver Automated Availability Solutions to Manufacturing, Banking, Retail and Healthcare Industries

Partnership Ensures Protection of Corporate DNA (Data, Networks and Applications)

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Marathon Technologies Corporation, the leading provider of automated, fault-tolerant class availability solutions for virtual and physical environments, announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Direct Systems Support, Inc. (DSS), a leading solution provider of IBM® hardware, software and services. Serving companies throughout the United States, the San Diego-based company will offer Marathon's everRun fault-tolerant class availability software in conjunction with its current set of IBM solutions to its small business to mid-size (SMB) customer base. Expanding its world-class solution set with Marathon's everRun solution, enables DSS to further protect its customers' critical operating systems against application downtime and network disruptions, as well as prevent potential data and application loss which can cost companies millions of dollars.

The agreement comes at time when many DSS customers have expressed interest in implementing a high availability solution to protect their data networks and applications. The alliance will enable DSS customers, primarily in the entertainment, public utilities, retail, banking and healthcare industries, protect their critical applications through any faults, failures and disasters.

"We continue to strive to partner with industry leading providers that understand our customers' requirements, challenges and technology goals," said Mike Duhaime, Director of Storage Sales at DSS. "Integrating everRun into our proven line of IT solutions enables us to implement and support the most appropriate level of high availability for our customers' critical environments. We look forward to offering Marathon's solutions to our growing customer base."

Marathon's everRun line of fault-tolerant class availability 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 resolve faults and failures. 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.

"We are pleased to partner with a distinguished reseller that has such a thorough understanding of its customer's business and technology needs," said Gary Phillips, President and CEO of Marathon Technologies. "We look forward to furthering DSS' commitment to customer satisfaction by helping to protect their customers' critical data, networks and applications against faults and failures."

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 Direct Systems Support, Inc.

Since 1992, DSS has been providing IBM hardware, IBM Software and hands-on information technology support services to enterprise and small and medium size companies throughout California and the Western United States. DSS is an IBM Premier Business Partner and maintains extensive IBM and industry certifications, affiliate relationships and strategic manufacturing alliances in support of advanced technical solutions. DSS provides a broad range of Value-Added Services to the Verticals(s) industry sector and is generally recognized as one of the leading Resellers in the Western United States.

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