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August 25, 2009

Stratus launches new ftServer line

Offers integrated virtual technician module for fault notification, remote system access, and online upgrading

By CBR Staff Writer

Stratus Technologies has launched the fifth-generation ftServer line for Windows applications. The ftServer 2600, 4500 and 6300 models, based on Intel Xeon 5500 ‘Nehalem’ processors, are one- and two-socket servers offering quad-core processing for fault-tolerant computing.

According to Stratus, the new ftServer systems offer: fault-tolerant implementation of Intel Xeon 5500 processors; implementation of QuickPath Interconnect Technology (QPI) for interconnect bandwidth memory performance; eight pair of 2.5 inch internal SAS disks for up to 8TB of physical storage; and integrated virtual technician module for proactive fault notification, remote system access, and online upgrading.

Stratus claims that using Standard Editions of both database products, an ftServer 4500 system with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 costs less than Oracle 11g with Real Application Cluster (RAC) on a similarly configured HP cluster. The fault-tolerant architecture of its servers reportedly eliminates unplanned downtime, data loss, restarts and the need to provision excess server capacity to accommodate failover.

All ftServer models are available with support for Windows, including 32- and 64-bit Windows Server 2008. Both Linux and VMware are available on the current ftServer model line.

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Denny Lane, director of product management at Stratus, said: Among the wide range of availability requirements ftServer systems can satisfy, the increased power and performance, together with the QPI architecture and plug-and-play operational simplicity, makes this new family an ideal database engine.”

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