Stratus Gets Investments from Compaq, Intel
- By Scott Bekker
invested $65 million in Stratus Technologies
a high-availability computer systems builder and service provider that plans to
release fault-tolerant Windows 2000 systems.
investment was announced today, along with a $50 million investment from DB
Capital Partners, a private equity investment group of Deutsche Bank.
we strengthen our product business with the implied endorsement of these two
vendors,” Stratus president and CEO Steve Kiely said of the investments from
Compaq and Intel.
and Intel investments are combined deals that involve technology licensing
will share its technology for fault-tolerant computing on standard
Intel-architecture components that Compaq can include in its systems. Compaq
will also share server systems technology with Stratus.
arrangement will help Stratus port its technology to IA-64 and Infiniband
not looking to incorporate the technologies under the agreement into the line
of servers it is working on now, the ft 5200 and the ft 6500, Kiely said.
two-processor 5200 was originally expected to ship in September 2000 and the
four-way 6500 was supposed to ship about a month later.
approach involves doubling up processor-memory modules so that if either a
processor or memory unit fail, a second module is also handling the same
transaction or process and no interruption occurs. This Dual Modular Redundancy
means that the 2-processor ft 5200 actually carries four processors, and a
4-processor ft 6500 carries eight processors.
premium, Stratus also plans to offer Triple Modular Redundancy, which means
three processors for every functional chip in a server.
announced a similar licensing deal with NEC in June, and is pursuing licensing
arrangements with other computer makers, Kiely said. – Scott Bekker
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.