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Marathon Technologies Introduces End-to-End Application Availabilty by Integrating everRun MX with Disaster Recovery Capabilities
Marathon Technologies, the leading provider and innovator of application availability solutions, announced the release of everRun MX Extend. The new product builds upon the company’s fault tolerant SMP solution, everRun MX, and integrates CA Technologies’ ARCserve replication technology to deliver unmatched end-to-end application availability. Combining fault tolerance and disaster recovery into one solution provides comprehensive business continuity by protecting organizations from both localized system failures and catastrophic site disasters.

“everRun MX helps remove the technological, operational, and economic impediments to eliminating business outages due to localized, IT failures. Now everRun MX Extend protects against risk due to disastrous failures as well, helping to ensure that business will be always on: anywhere, anytime, anyhow. That’s what application availability is all about,” said Jim Welch, president and chief executive officer, Marathon Technologies. “We’ve seen so many organizations focus their business continuity efforts on only disaster recovery, leaving them susceptible to more frequent localized failures. By incorporating a proven, best of breed solution from CA Technologies, we now offer end-to-end protection, so that any organization has easy access to world class application availability and unprecedented disaster recovery.”

everRun MX Extend is designed not only to prevent localized failures, but also to deliver remote failover capabilities. This feature helps customers to quickly restore business operations from a geographically distant “hot site” in the event that the computing infrastructure at a primary business location becomes completely disabled. By removing both operational and economic constraints for continuous uptime, the combined offering delivers complete, unmatched application and data protection for any organization regardless of staffing constraints, budget, or location.

“The term ‘disaster recovery’ invokes images of hurricanes, tsunamis, and terrorist events, which is the reason many senior IT executives often view DR preparedness as an expensive insurance policy for rare events,” writes Stephanie Balaouras, principal analyst, research director at independent research firm, Forrester Research, Inc. in the November 2009 report, State Of Enterprise Disaster Recovery Preparedness: Q3 2009. “But it turns out that disaster declarations and subsequent site failovers are not rare because most of them are caused by mundane events such as power failures, IT failures, human error, and localized flooding. This has created a shift in focus from DR to IT service continuity.”

To ensure application availability, everRun MX Extend aligns the appropriate level of response and protection to the magnitude and scope of the event: fault tolerance for localized failures and disaster recovery for site-wide outages. Key attributes of everRun MX Extend include:

  • Total protection. Delivers end-to-end application availability and data protection while protecting against both localized failures and catastrophic site disasters.
  • Complete automation. Responds transparently to localized failures and, for broader disasters, automatically and invisibly switches over to a hot site with both data and applications ready.
  • Unmatched price performance. Is economically compelling without availability trade-offs and allows any organization, regardless of budget and staffing constraints, to have world class availability – anywhere, anytime.
  • Power with flexibility. Allows organizations to choose their own hardware, their own hot site, and their own continuity expectations without sacrificing protection.
  • Unified application availability. Can easily bring dispersed and remote locations into an integrated application availability infrastructure.
  • Real performance. Has the architecture and intelligence designed to ensure that applications run unimpeded while being fully protected.

“Many organizations are dependent on the continuous availability of their core systems, but they rarely have the staff or budget necessary to achieve and rigorously maintain full preparedness for every possible threat to their business continuity,” said Mike Crest, general manager, recovery management and data modeling, CA Technologies. “By incorporating our globally acclaimed ARCserve replication capabilities into its new everRun MX Extend solution, Marathon is enabling virtually any size company to help safeguard itself against all kinds of contingencies – and bringing the benefits of our technology to the vertical markets it specializes in serving.”

Today’s organizations require a new approach to satisfy the increased demands of always on business operations. Marathon is driving application availability, a fundamental shift powered by technological advancements in downtime prevention, to align IT service delivery with user and customer requirements for uptime and availability. This holistic approach allows organizations of any size, regardless of budget or staffing constraints, to provide unprecedented business continuity across their organizations. It fundamentally changes the expectations of availability and challenges the “fail and recover” norm of traditional, disparate high availability products. Both everRun MX and everRun MX Extend are foundational elements of application availability.

Published Tuesday, November 02, 2010 6:27 AM by David Marshall
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