Stratus Powers Up Servers with Intel Chips

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2006-12-11 Print this article Print

With its new line of servers in its V family, Stratus looks to continue to fight for users in the financial and security industries.

Stratus Technologies is looking to power up its fault-tolerant servers with single- and dual-core Intel Xeon processors.

The Maynard, Mass. company announced Dec. 11 that it would offer three new models in the ftServer V Series. These new models run Stratus Virtual Operating System environment and are made for transaction-heavy enterprises such as security firms and financial institutions.
The companys fault-tolerant technology offers redundant components that run in lock-step and provide a backup in case one component fails or breaks down.
Depending on the configuration, the new servers offer a 60 percent performance increase compared to the previous models in the V Series, said Denny Lane, director of product marketing for Stratus. "Our customers are happy because they feel that their most mission-critical applications are running very happily on our VOS product line," Lane said. Stratus first introduced its V series in 2004. The models that rolled out Dec. 11 include a one-way 250 model and a two-way 300 model that use single-core Intel processors. In addition, Stratus rolled out a two-way 500 model that uses a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel processor. The company had previously offered dual-core Intel processors in its W System series. The V Series will also support new Stratus storage options, which will offer customers redundant logic, cooling and hot-swappable power supplies that are all consistent with fault-tolerant data processing. The V Series systems offer customers a better performing and lower-cost platform compared to Stratus high-end Continuum systems, which run the VOS and HP-UX Unix OS from Hewlett-Packard. Since its introduction, Lane said more and more customers have been migrating to the V Series systems from the Continuum systems. Lane added that Stratus will continue to support the Continuum systems platform as well as make improvements. Click here to read more about Stratus purchase of Emergent Network Solutions and its plans for the telecom industry. Stratus also offers T Series systems for telecommunications companies. The company counts telecommunications verticals as a key area for growth. On Sept. 12, it announced that it had purchased Emergent Network Solutions for $10 million, a move that will allow Stratus to offer VOIP (voice over IP) software. The new models in the V System series are immediately available and prices depend of the individual configurations requested by users, Lane said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

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