Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fault Tolerant Maratholn Technologies

Microsoft, Marathon Bring Fault Tolerant Technology to Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V
Microsoft and Marathon Technologies last week unveiled a partnership and a joint development agreement to bring fault tolerant options to companies running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V.

By John Fontana
Mon, January 12, 2009 — Network WorldMicrosoft and Marathon Technologies last week unveiled a partnership and a joint development agreement to bring fault tolerant options to companies running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V.

Microsoft is moving to create a more highly available Windows environment by offering a selection of options to protect business-critical applications. Marathon offers a fault tolerant platform that supports Windows called everRun. The vendor will offer support for Windows Server 2008 before the end of June and for a version of Hyper-V that will ship in a future edition of Windows Server. Microsoft officials would not confirm if it would be the next version after the Windows Server 2008 R2 version, which went into beta last week. Marathon and Microsoft officials said integration with System Center management tools also are in development.

Marathon's everRun has its own management component. Windows Server 2008 includes failover clustering, but Marathon adds a level of fault tolerance that includes options for minimal downtime or none at all. The two companies plan to combine development efforts in building a platform so fault tolerance and high availability can be built on Hyper-V. "That provides the platform element that other partners could [build on]," says Mike Schutz, director of product management for the Windows server division at Microsoft.arathon supports Citrix Xen Hypervisor and the company said once the Hyper-V support ships, everRun will work across both platforms to create a single fault-tolerant environment.

The fault tolerance will come in three levels: the failover clustering shipping in Windows Server 2008; a component level fault tolerance via everRun that protects storage and system components with little or no down time; and an everRun system level setting that ensures availability including memory for applications that require zero downtime.

NavigateStorage, a long term partner can be contacted at 978-318-9000 for information and competitive pricing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Voyager IP SAN SAS, SATA and Solid State

NavigateStorage, a StoneFly partner, announces a 40GB Virtualized IP San with with any combination of SAS, SATA, and Solid State Drives. For only an initial price of $25,000. Expansion arrays begin at $11,000. Let us give you a 20 minute telephone briefing with all the details. Call Jim at 978-318-9000 or drop a line to

Mar 17, 2009 08:30 ET

StoneFly, Inc.'s New Voyager IP SANs Deliver Exceptional Enterprise-Class Performance at an Economical Price PointDelivering Performance of More Than 900 MBps Over 10Gb Ethernet, Voyager Represents StoneFly's Fastest Virtualized IP SAN Appliance

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HAYWARD, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - StoneFly, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated IP storage area network (SAN) systems and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), today introduced Voyager, a new line of virtualized IP SAN appliances designed to deliver exceptional performance at an economical price point. With entry-level pricing starting at US$25,000 MSRP, Voyager is ideal for enterprise customers in need of a robust SAN offering both high availability and versatility for primary and secondary storage applications.

As the newest member of the StoneFly Storage Concentrator™ family of IP SANs, Voyager comes standard with six or 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) iSCSI connections, but is offered with optional quad 10Gb Ethernet connections to achieve performance of up to 950MB/s. This performance makes Voyager ideal for critical applications involving online transaction processing, databases, email, disk-based archives, disk-to-disk backup, virtual servers and other core business uses.

Voyager supports a wide range of virtual server environments including VMware, Citrix XenServer, Virtual Iron and Microsoft. "With more than 75 percent of our customers either considering or currently using server virtualization, Voyager gives them all the speed and performance they require, plus high availability to ensure support of the most demanding applications and IT environments," said Bahman Jalali, director of product management for StoneFly.

Featuring active-active components for business continuity, Voyager offers full RAID protection and requires no down time for storage expansion. Although less scalable than other StoneFly IP SANs such as the OptiSAN™, Voyager's architecture enables customers to start smaller and then expand to up to 128 drives via expansion arrays. For added flexibility, configurations can be mixed and matched according to customer need with any combinations of SAS, SATA, and SSD drives.

At the cornerstone of the Voyager design is StoneFly's patented storage virtualization engine, which delivers quad-core processing power, dedicated iSCSI cache, and the StoneFly StoneFusion™ storage management operating system. StoneFusion provides block-level provisioning as well as centralized storage management and advanced storage features including replication, mirroring and snapshotting.

Voyager is now available, with prices starting at US$25,000 MSRP for a standard 5U rackmount configuration. Expansion arrays in 3U rackmount form factors start at US$11,000.