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

January 25, 2011 08:00 ET

Marathon Technologies Presents a Microsoft MVP Web Event: "Beyond Clustering: The Future of Always-On SQL Server Availability"

Noted IT Author and Microsoft Business Platform Expert, Don Jones, Spotlights Developments in SQL Server Availability

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - IT professionals responsible for maintaining SQL Server availability can learn about new technology and best practices for eliminating SQL Server failure by attending a complimentary webinar with Don Jones, a renowned Microsoft author, consultant and journalist. Unplanned SQL Server downtime means interrupted access to crucial business applications and databases. When IT stops, business stops. This can harm an organization's productivity, brand and relationships, resulting in lost revenue. "Beyond Clustering: The Future of Always-On SQL Server Availability," part of the Marathon Technologies Microsoft MVP Series, will be held on Friday, January 28 at 11 a.m. ET.

In "Beyond Clustering: The Future of Always-On SQL Server Availability," Jones, a prominent Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and one of the world's leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform, will discuss strategies and requirements for an always-on SQL Server infrastructure that never fails. The free, live webcast will also include an ample Q&A period. This Microsoft MVP web event is co-hosted by Marathon Technologies, the leading provider and innovator of application availability solutions.

"Beyond Clustering: The Future of Always-On SQL Server Availability"
Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. GMT

Attendees will learn:

  • Don Jones' six requirements for always-on SQL Server
  • Overlooked vulnerabilities of traditional high availability approaches
  • The hidden costs of clustering and database mirroring
  • The single biggest technical limitation hypervisor vendors aren't telling you
  • How the advent of fault tolerant software is changing the SQL Server availability market

The webinar will include a live, on-camera demo of everRun® MX from Marathon Technologies, the only fault-tolerant software that unconditionally ensures SQL Server availability. Bob Boule, director of product management at Marathon Technologies, will disable components of a SQL Server pair protected by everRun MX. He'll fail disks, disable NIC cards and, finally, cut the power supply to one of the servers. Despite this, the system will compute through without data corruption or a single lost transaction.

The Future of SQL Server Availability: A Better Way than HA
"Traditional approaches to HA have serious shortcomings. A major drawback is that most HA products are fail and recover solutions; emphasis on 'fail,'" said Jones. "Add to that complex configuration and maintenance; latency and risk of data corruption due to asynchronous data transfer; expensive software license upgrade, hardware and SAN requirements; and a lack of multi-processor support in availability options from hypervisor vendors, and it should be clear that a better solution is needed. Modern software-based fault tolerance solutions can offer a better kind SQL Server availability, and it's something you should fully evaluate before going down the HA path."

More than 3,000 Marathon Technologies customers worldwide use everRun to protect SQL Server and a wide range of applications, from custom, embedded solutions developed by ISV and OEM partners to familiar shrink-wrapped Windows office productivity tools.

"Microsoft candidly states in its SQL Server Operations Guide that 'providing a sustained, high level of service can be a challenge for database administrators. With continuous upgrades to the operating system (OS), Microsoft® SQL Server™, the network, and applications, the possibilities for error are numerous. Yet the demand for continuous, flawless service is constant,'" said Rob Ciampa, vice president of marketing, Marathon Technologies. "If SQL Server is at the heart of your IT infrastructure, only everRun MX with ComputeThru™ technology can ensure continuous availability of the mission-critical databases and applications it runs. Marathon Technologies enables SQL pros to provide uninterrupted SQL Server uptime by preventing downtime, not just reacting to it."

About Don Jones
With more than fifteen years of IT experience, Don Jones is one of the world's leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform. He's the author of more than 35 books, including Windows PowerShell: TFM, Windows Administrator's Scripting Toolkit, VBScript WMI and ADSI Unleashed, PHP-Nuke Garage, Special Edition Using Commerce Server 2002, Definitive Guide to SQL Server Performance Optimization, and many more. Don is a top-rated and in-demand speaker at conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, Windows Connections, and TechMentor, and is an accomplished IT journalist with features and monthly columns in Microsoft TechNet Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and Windows IT Pro and on Web sites such as TechTarget and Don is also a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Realtime Publishers.

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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    Chas Kielt
    Marathon Technologies
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    Rob Ciampa
    Marathon Technologies
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