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Marathon Technologies updates fault tolerance software: News in brief

In today's news in brief, Marathon Technologies updated its fault tolerance software for Citrix XenServer and Windows Server environments.

Marathon Technologies enhances fault tolerant software
Marathon Technologies on Monday launched two new fault-tolerant software products: everRun VM Lockstep and everRun 2G. The new offering will have to rival VMware's newest release, vSphere, which is due out on April 21 and includes its long-awaited Fault Tolerance feature.

The new Lockstep software claims to provide full system-level fault tolerance to applications running in virtual machines (VMs), which means zero downtime in the event of a hardware failure. The new everRun VM software works with the free version of Citrix XenServer and Essentials for XenServer.

EverRun 2G software is the successor to Littleton, Mass.-based Marathon's everRun HA and everRun FT for Windows Server environments. It offers automated high availability, component-level fault tolerance and system-level fault tolerance and can be used for local or geographically separate continuous availability

Marathon will demonstrate these new products in a live webinar on April 29 at 8:00 a.m. PDT and 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Microsoft technologies used to create private cloud
Kroll Factual Data chose Microsoft technologies to create a private cloud computing environment in its data center.

The information services company deployed Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V virtualization and Microsoft System Center to manage its data center, which is now 85% virtualized. With that, Kroll consolidates from 650 physical servers to 22 systems, with each server running 30 virtual machines.

This level of virtualization, along with Kroll's move to 100% wind-generated power for the entire facility, has led to 89% energy savings across the board, the company said. More information on Kroll's cloud computing project can be found on Microsoft's website.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer.

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