SOURCE: Stratus Technologies

Stratus Technologies

October 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Stratus Technologies Partners With Seneca to Resell Avance Software for Uptime Assurance

First U.S. Intel ESAA Member to Join Stratus Channel Program

MAYNARD, MA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) - Seneca, custom system manufacturer of Nexlink®-brand products and a value-added technology distributor, and Stratus Technologies announced that Seneca will integrate Stratus® Avance® high availability software into its Nexlink server line. Seneca is the first U.S.-based systems builder, and third worldwide, associated with the Intel Enabled Server Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) to resell Avance software, which is certified on pre-tested server platforms available through ESAA.

Stratus Avance is designed to prevent downtime, data loss and business interruption. Integrating the software on a Nexlink server pair creates a highly differentiated uptime solution for value-added resellers (VARs) to offer their small and mid-size (SMB) customers, at a fraction of the cost of conventional hardware clusters. VARs will find the Nexlink/Avance platform easy to deploy, requiring no specialized cluster training or expensive and proprietary standby products. For their customers, the platform is easily managed from a single console, and its affordability lowers total cost of ownership for immediate and measurable business value.

"In the past, high availability options for small and medium businesses have been unaffordable, and the skills needed to deploy server clusters aren't frequently available in the SMB space," said Chuck Orcutt, Nexlink Product Line Manager. "Nexlink server pairs, combined with Avance high availability software, give our VARs a highly tested solution to offer SMBs to protect their data easily and economically."

Seneca sells its Nexlink x86 server systems to business, healthcare, government, education and OEM customers nationwide.

Avance software creates a high-availability computing platform from two general-purpose Intel processor-based x86 servers. The platform supports off-the-shelf Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications running concurrently. Highly automated and designed for ease of use and management, Avance software automatically detects, isolates and handles faults before they can disrupt processing or cause an outage. This self-managing, high-availability software includes a web-based management console for remote monitoring and management of servers, VMs, and network interfaces. Resellers may partner with Stratus to offer pro-active customer service that complements their solutions, or they can rely on Stratus to provide direct-to-user services. Currently, Avance software is certified for use with pre-tested Intel S5520HC and S5520UR ESAA server configuration recipes.

"Seneca's commitment to customers covers the entire technology lifecycle, just as Stratus does. That's a core value that sets both companies apart in the marketplace," said Nelson Hsu, senior director of Avance products. "Avance software complements Seneca's commitment perfectly. It's high availability-made-easy from the viewpoint of value, performance, simplicity, reliability, and serviceability, all of which helps Seneca serve its customers better. We're very pleased they've chosen to be an Avance channel partner."

Syracuse, NY-based Seneca joins two other ESAA program members, Tarox and Wortmann, both leading systems builders in Germany, as Stratus Avance channel partners. Avance resellers also include a wide range of horizontal and vertical ISVs and VARs in the U.S., Japan, China, Ireland and Western Europe.

About Seneca
Seneca is a premier U.S.-based custom system manufacturer and value-added technology distributor with over 30 years of experience. Through a commitment to the total technology lifecycle, Seneca delivers scalable solutions backed by a complete service offering. Proven engineering and manufacturing expertise make Seneca the trusted source for VARs, OEMs and ISVs looking to shorten time to market and decrease project risk. Seneca's expertise can be seen in the well-recognized Nexlink brand of custom-built desktops, notebooks, servers and storage devices. Nexlink products consistently offer performance, quality, and reliability to business, government, education, healthcare, enthusiast, and OEM customers nationwide. For more information, visit

About Stratus Technologies
Stratus delivers uptime for the applications its customers depend on most for their success. With its ultra-reliable servers, software and services, Stratus products help to save lives and to protect the business and reputations of companies, institutions, and governments the world over. To learn more about worry-free computing, visit

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