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Stratus Claims Fault Tolerance for Under $10K

How do you get five “9”s of server reliability by spending only four “9”s in acquisition costs? That’s the hook that Maynard, Mass.-based Stratus is tossing out with its new entry level ftServer W Series 2400 line of fault-tolerant Windows servers, which it introduced this week.

The new line of servers, available immediately, uses the same fault-tolerance technology as the company’s new ftServer W Series 5700 line, announced in January, the company said in a statement.

Under Stratus’ design each system consists of a pair of single-processor servers tied together in a fault-tolerant, “lockstep” configuration. The two are locked together so that they are both performing the same operations simultaneously. This, Stratus claims, provides the elusive 99.999 percent uptime for only $9,999 (starting price).

The 2400 comes with two single-core 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon processors, running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, and can support up to 4 GB of memory as well as a variety of internal and external storage options, according to the company.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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