Marathon Business Continuity Package Adds CA's Replication

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-02 Print this article Print

The new version consists of Marathon's basic fault-tolerant SMP package, everRun MX, but it now integrates directly with CA's ARCserve replication feature to provide 24/7 application availability.

High-availability application provider Marathon Technologies Nov. 2 started shipping a new version of its everRun MX Extend data center software that integrates natively with CA Technologies' replication.

The new version consists of Marathon's basic fault-tolerant SMP package, everRun MX, but it now integrates directly with CA's ARCserve replication feature to provide 24/7 application availability.

Marathon, which has more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide, claims to provide business continuity with everRun MX Extend by combining fault tolerance and disaster recovery into the same package.

This protects enterprises from localized system failures and catastrophic site disasters, Marathon CEO Jim Welch said.

everRun MX Extend is designed not only to prevent localized failures but also to deliver remote failover capabilities, Welch said. This feature helps customers to  restore business operations from a geographically distant "hot site" in the event that the computing infrastructure at a primary business location becomes completely disabled, he said.

By removing both operational and economic constraints for continuous uptime, the new combination of Marathon and CA technologies results in complete application and data protection for any organization--regardless of staffing constraints, budget or location, Welch said.

"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," Forrester Research Principal Analyst and Research Director Stephanie Balaouras wrote in a recent report.

"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."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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