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Stratus and NEC Team to Offer Fault Tolerance Systems for VMware Infrastructure
[September 13, 2007]

Stratus and NEC Team to Offer Fault Tolerance Systems for VMware Infrastructure

(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Stratus Technologies and NEC Corp. announced from VMworld 2007 new
levels of availability for virtualized infrastructures through the
introduction of fault tolerant support for VMware Infrastructure.

The companies said that fault tolerant platform support for VMware
Infrastructure will be especially beneficial in data center and
infrastructure virtualization programs where mission critical business
environments require the highest levels of availability.

This newest functionality is the result of efforts between Stratus and
NEC and is based on ongoing joint development efforts. In November
2005, Stratus and NEC signed two 10-year agreements for joint
development, technology cross-licensing, and long-term hardware
purchasing. The goal of the agreements was to yield fault tolerant
servers to support business and mission critical operations.

"End user requirements for availability will vary with the scope of
their virtualization program, the nature of their applications, the
infrastructure architecture, budget elasticity, and so on," said David
Laurello, president and CEO of Stratus. "But no one should think about
virtualization without also thinking about availability. NEC and
Stratus will ultimately provide customers with the appropriate level of
availability and virtualization support necessary for their individual
situations and requirements."

Fault tolerant servers from Stratus and NEC enable IT organizations to
achieve high levels of availability - in both physical and virtual
environments. Fault tolerant servers allow a system to continue
operating properly in the event of the failure of some of its
components by providing multiple identical instances of the same
components such as CPU and main memory, directing tasks or requests to
all of them in parallel, and choosing the correct result.

"As companies look to virtualize their infrastructure to improve asset
utilization, reduce energy consumption, cut costs, and shorten
time-to-market for new applications, consideration must be given to the
reliability and uptime availability of the underlying hardware
platform," explains Yoshikazu Maruyama, senior vice president of IT
Platform Business Unit at NEC Corp. "NEC and Stratus are offering an
ideal solution to address those considerations with this development."

The companies noted that the jointly developed solution brings
together, as a bundled offering, the scalability, flexibility and
performance of VMware Infrastructure with the field-proven 99.999
percent uptime reliability of the newest generation of fault tolerant
server systems.

According to Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and
solutions at VMware, "A fundamental benefit of VMware virtualization is
the advanced business continuity protection it affords together with
high availability for critical applications. This solution from NEC and
Stratus goes a step further by ensuring the resiliency of the actual
hardware platform to minimize unplanned downtime. For those
environments where nothing less than continuous application
availability is acceptable, fault tolerant servers running VMware
Infrastructure is an excellent option."

Demonstrations of VMware Infrastructure running on NEC and Stratus
fault tolerant servers can be seen during VMworld at the NEC booth or
the Stratus booth.

Both Stratus and NEC plan to start shipping fault tolerant systems
running VMware Infrastructure in 2008.

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