Marathon Business Continuity Package Adds CA's 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.

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."

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