Marathon Boosts Win NT Server Performance

BOXBOROUGH, MASS. (06/01/2000) - Marathon Technologies Corp. is introducing a multiprocessor version of its software and hardware that promises higher data throughput for Windows NT Server users.

Endurance 6200 software and hardware includes several new features, such as support for two processors and multimode fiber-optic cable, which is easier to connect and more reliable. In addition, the Endurance 6200 has improved network adapters that with the assistance of multiprocessing support should provide a four-fold boost in server throughput over the firm's existing products, the company says.

"We are looking for a quicker method of importing trades in real time every day," says Brian Slattery, manager of server support for First Options of Chicago, a securities trading firm. "Most of the time our software can't keep up. When there are system problems due to the exchanges, the time it takes to catch up puts too great a load on a single processor."

Slattery has used other clustering and failover software. "They gave us as much as a minute of downtime. They weren't good enough. Each minute costs money in our business," he says.

The Marathon package supports higher-resolution video and more colors for use in graphics and manufacturing environments. The Endurance client, formerly only available on NT platforms, now supports Windows 95 and 98 clients. The system also now supports Fibre Channel-based storage.

In an Endurance-enabled configuration, four servers are joined in an array that emulates a single server. Two servers called compute elements perform the application processing in lock-step fashion; the other two dubbed I/O processors perform all inbound and outbound IO requests. In each server, a Marathon network interface adapter joins to network interfaces in other servers in the array via fiber-optic cable. In the event of a server failure, the other server in the I/O processors pair takes over processing and operations continue uninterrupted.

System management is performed from the Endurance Manager software, a Windows-based, as well as browser-based, interface. The management software allows management, monitoring and maintenance of the system.

The Endurance 6200 package is $50,000 and is available

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