Random questions to be asked (keeping in mind shared nothing
- How do you handle the loss of a single site with zero data loss? In
today's world, putting all of your eggs in one datacenter is not a good
strategy. If a site goes away, are users impacted?
- In order to maximize the use of existing (and expensive) system
resources (keep in mind you always need a minimum of two servers for
disaster tolerance / recovery) how do you balance the load across all
servers at all sites at the same time?
- If you want to add a new server to assist with the overall load, do
you need to re-partition the workload (hence planned downtime)?
- How does the fault tolerant aspect help with OS virus and security
- What third party ISV packages are supported (by the ISV itself) on
this new configuration?
- How are third party ISV licenses supported? Any differences from a
single non-FT system?
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Subject: Re: the sky is falling says Nominum Inc
excuse me! the spell checker on this machine doesn't work!
This is another puff PIECE masquerading as a technical report. This one
trashes both Solaris and Unix. Notice how VMS doesn't even rate a
mention. VMS is obviously not even considered a threat by m$.
".... the Stratus servers can maintain the
state of the application in the case of a system crash,
a capability Kramer said is not available in the Unix
"... This positions Microsoft business-critical applications in a level
far superior to a Solaris or Unix environment. .."
Comments anyone ?
Stratus To Unveil Fault-Tolerant Four-Way Wintel Servers
By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN
5:58 PM EST Fri., Sept. 06, 2002
Stratus Technologies on Monday plans to unveil
new versions of its fault-tolerant Wintel-based servers
aimed directly at the enterprise Unix market.
One of the models, the ftServer 6500, is a four-way
server for enterprise-class Microsoft Windows
Advanced Server computing environments. It can can
be configured with one, two or four Intel Xeon MP processors.
The other model, the ftServer 5240, comes with one or
two 2.4GHz Intel Xeon processors. Both offer 99.999
percent uptime, company officials said.
The real winner with these new servers is Microsoft,
as it brings its software into enterprise-class
environments, said Ron Kramer, vice president and
COO of All Computer Solutions, a Portland, Maine-
based solution provider that has seen the new
For low-cost fault-tolerant servers, solution providers
have been limited to two-way Pentium 4 models,
Kramer said. However, with the new Stratus servers,
they can now offer up to four-way models with
multithreading and the ability to integrate directly with Microsoft
applications, he said.
While other solutions provide failover and fail-back capabilities, the
Stratus servers can maintain the state of the application in the case of
a system crash, a capability Kramer said is not available in the Unix
space. For example, if 100 users are connected to an application server
running a Microsoft application and someone is entering a keystroke when
a problem occurs, the Stratus server makes sure the user is masked from
"That's huge. . . . This positions Microsoft business-critical
applications in a level far superior to a Solaris or Unix environment,"
he said. "Where there is transactional centricity,that is, applications
in banking, financial, emergency, health and medical areas, where
failure is not an option, Stratus can deliver fault tolerance. There is
no need to modify the applications."
About 60 percent to 70 percent of Stratus' business comes from the
channel, said David Fleck, director of North American channels for the
vendor. Stratus currently has about 150 solution providers worldwide and
is looking for more partners in the retail banking, call center, public
safety and manufacturing markets, he said.
Both servers are currently available. The list price of the ftServer
6500 starts at $65,000, which includes one processor and a
factory-installed copy of Windows 2000 Advanced Server. The price of the
ftServer 5240 with a similar configuration starts at $49,500.
The availability of the ft5240 means Stratus will stop selling its
800MHz Xeon-based ft5200 as soon as current stock is depleted, Fleck
NEC, which sells OEM versions of Stratus' fault-tolerant servers in the
United States and abroad, is already selling the ft6500 in Japan, said
Fleck. He did not know if NEC would bring either model into the U.S.