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Aberdeen Group Report Points to Stratus Technologies&apos Avance Software as SMB Availability Alternative

MAYNARD, Mass., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratus Technologies Avance(TM) software meets a growing need for affordable, high availability computing solutions tailored to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), according to a recent Aberdeen Group Market Alert.

MAYNARD, Mass., July 29 /PRNewswire/ — Stratus Technologies Avance(TM) software meets a growing need for affordable, high availability computing solutions tailored to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), according to a recent Aberdeen Group Market Alert.

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Citing data from a benchmark survey of 120 organizations, Aberdeen identified a spending pattern that established availability as the goal behind major IT purchases. Stratus(R) Avance software is designed to provide high availability in a simple, cost-effective form by linking standard x86 servers without clustering or a storage area network (SAN).

"Companies using or considering application and IT infrastructure monitoring and management solutions are doing so largely to maximize the availability of business-critical applications," according to the Market Alert, titled "Stratus Technologies Avance: New Alternatives for High Availability." Avance, it said, "could aid many companies in their pursuit of greater availability, reliability, business benefit, and value from their IT investments."

Aberdeen reported that 80 percent of companies considered "best in class" are implementing monitoring and management solutions to improve application availability. It also cited maximizing information availability, managing infrastructure complexity and pressure to meet internal service level agreements.

Avance provides levels of application availability superior to, and without the complexity of, high-availability cluster solutions for Linux and Windows applications. Avance installs in less than 15 minutes after a customer enters three commands. Once installed on two Ethernet-connected x86 servers with operating systems, a customer can be deploying virtual machines in even less time with the embedded Citrix XenServer virtualization engine and point- and-click wizards.

"Aberdeen's research findings clearly illustrate the growing demand for high availability computing, which reaffirms Stratus' assertion that the Avance software is the right availability solution at the right time in the marketplace," said Susan Deeney, Stratus director of Avance worldwide channels program. "Avance is part of a continuum of solutions that Stratus offers to make high-availability virtualization a reality at any company regardless of its size or technology expertise."

To read the full report, please visit: www.stratus.com/news/analysts/index.htm.

About Stratus Technologies

Stratus Technologies focuses exclusively on helping its customers keep critical business operations online without interruption. Business continuity requires resiliency and superior availability throughout the IT infrastructure, including virtual environments. Stratus delivers a range of solutions that includes software-based high availability, fault-tolerant servers, availability consulting and assessment, and remote systems management services. Based on its 28 years of expertise in product and services technology for total availability, Stratus is a trusted solutions provider to customers in manufacturing, health care, financial services, public safety, transportation & logistics, and other industries. For more information, visit www.stratus.com.

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