Stratus Powers Up Servers with Intel Chips

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.

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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.

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