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New Stratus Server Line Bolsters Downtime-Fighting Technology With Intel E5 Processor Speed, Power and Performance

In the escalating battle to protect critical business applications against the pains of IT system downtime and data loss, Stratus Technologies today launched an entirely new arsenal of server systems specifically engineered for superior high availability and operational simplicity.

The Stratus ftServer family, which extends from entry-level departmental servers to enterprise-class systems, runs Windows Server 2008 R2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and virtualization workloads with less than two minutes of unplanned downtime per year on average in continuous operation. Now in its sixth generation with more than a decade of field-proven uptime reliability, the new ftServer line consists of three highly configurable, Intel Xeon E5 processor-based models that protect critical business operations from outages at prices matched to any IT systems budget.

  • ftServer 2700 system: the value model is low cost and ideal for volume deployments in remote locations, lights-out management, and as a fault-tolerant replacement for ordinary servers or low-end clusters.
  • ftServer 4700 system: the adaptable model is a flexible mid-range server with many configuration options, making it suitable for a wide range of applications; takes full advantage of Intel QuickPath technology to boost systems performance, bandwidth, and reliability.
  • ftServer 6400 system: the performance model is a 16-core workhorse for enterprise-class applications and transaction-intensive data center workloads, such as server virtualization, database engine, electronic funds transfer, online banking, supply chain, and cloud computing.

"We don't have to worry about providing the high availability that our UK ambulance service customers demand; ftServer does that admirably," said Mark Appleyard, MIS Emergency Systems, a provider of command and control systems for emergency dispatch operations and ftServer beta system evaluator. "We appreciate the simplicity of the solution, unlike the clustered server products we've used in the past, which require additional maintenance, configuration and testing of the applications."

New models deliver up to four times more processing performance than the previous generation. For the first time, systems may be configured with internal solid-state disk drives alone or in combination with high-density disks in the same chassis. All ftServer models are available now.

Downtime Prevention

Within a standard enclosure, fully redundant server technology predicts and prevents downtime from occurring, riding through and resolving issues that can cause failover, data loss, and virtual-machine and application restarts in other uptime solutions. Yet, ftServer systems are more cost effective over the life of the application, and are as easy to deploy, manage, and maintain as ordinary x86 servers.

"To achieve sustained competitive advantage, financial institutions demand ultra-high performance, reliability and scalability from their software and hardware solutions," said Karen T. Cone, general manager, Worldwide Financial Services at Microsoft Corp. "Stratus has consistently made its mark in supporting the most demanding mission-critical workloads with Microsoft for more than twelve years and, as its latest implementation of server technology shows, it remains at the top of its game."

Software, Hardware, Service Work Together

ftServer systems' remote monitoring and management services via the Stratus ActiveService network work in concert with the server's resilient software and hardware to deliver industry-leading uptime assurance. The average server downtime in 2011 for the global installed base of systems under service contract was 81 seconds. Daily updates to the Stratus online Uptime Meter(SM) display show current uptime levels, a performance metric that only Stratus publically displays.

"If unplanned downtime of your critical IT systems is not an option, then your best option for protecting them is products and services from Stratus Technologies," said Dave LeClair, director of product management and marketing for Stratus. "This new ftServer line brings to bear the full power and performance of Intel's most current multi-core processor technology. These servers interoperate seamlessly with any IT infrastructure while, at the same time, relieving IT staff from the management headaches and worry typical of other vendors' high availability product offerings."

For more details on Stratus' next-generation downtime prevention solutions, visit or call 1-800-STRATUS.

Published Monday, September 10, 2012 5:07 PM by David Marshall
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