Techworld runs with Marathon

Techworld has tied up with Marathon Technologies to bring its fault tolerant solutions for Microsoft Windows environments to the Middle East.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 30, 2002

Techworld has tied up with Marathon Technologies to bring its fault tolerant solutions for Microsoft Windows environments to the Middle East. By kicking off with a series of road shows towards the end of August, Techworld hopes to leverage Microsoft’s massive installed base within the region.

“We see a lot of companies in the Middle East running their applications on Microsoft,” explains S. Ravisankar, managing director of Techworld. “Therefore we wanted to bring a product to market that guaranteed the uptime on the Windows platform. Unfortunately, there was no product in the local market that offered this so we turned to Marathon Technologies.”

Marathon’s Assured Availability Server promises 99.999% uptime and allows companies to run unmodified Microsoft operating systems and applications. Paul Hudson, EMEA region head, Marathon Technologies, says that this sort of reliability was previously unheard of for the Microsoft platform.

“Windows NT is noted to be fairly unstable, so it is always a concern when you run applications on this operating system. Even with clustering you still have eight hours downtime and you will still have downtime during the fail over. With a Marathon server it computes through any errors so there is no downtime. Because of this you have a fully reliant, fault tolerant application and you can run Windows applications on a Marathon server with less than five minutes downtime in the year,” he explains.

From September onwards, users will be able to buy either a complete Marathon hardware and software solution from Techworld or take just the software, should they wish to leverage their existing server environments.

“Marathon is a hardware/software solution that plugs into any server but you can use existing hardware. If you have a Microsoft Exchange mail server that sits on two Compaq servers, for example, then Marathon can consolidate them and create a system where there is no single point of failure,” explains Hudson.

The basic solution costs around US$30,000, although prices will vary depending on the configuration selected by users.

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