Stratus Computer has introduced what it claims to be the first fault tolerant servers for the Microsoft Windows 2000 environment.
The ftServer range uses replicated, fault tolerant hardware to eliminate any single point of failure, and company officials claimed it surpasses 99.999 per cent availability in select models.
"This is the first fault tolerant, multiprocessor server to run the Windows 2000 operating system, supporting Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter Server versions," said Steve Kiely, Stratus president and chief executive.
Rich Fichera, an analyst at Giga Information Group, agreed with the claim and added that the nearest competitor is a uniprocessor system from Marathon which does not scale. "Stratus' system is scalable to a multiprocessor server architecture and the company has an impeccable pedigree in the fault tolerant market," he said.
Researcher IDC believes that the cost of traditional fault tolerance has been prohibitive to the masses in the past. But Vernon Turner, IDC's vice president of commercial systems and servers, said: "With 99.999 per cent availability becoming the de facto standard for any internet server configuration, application and internet service providers are looking for options. One amazing feature of Stratus' fault tolerant ftServer is certainly its price."
The first product is the ftServer 5200, a one- to two-way 550Mhz Intel Pentium III Xeon processor based server. The ftServer 6500, available in October, will be a one- to four-way server built on Intel's next generation large cache Pentium III Xeon chips operating at frequencies greater than 700Mhz.
Both servers will be available with either dual or triple modular redundancy of critical components.
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