NEW YORK, LinuxWorld, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SteelEye(TM) Technology
Inc., a leading application reliability company, today announced an enhanced
Linux version of its LifeKeeper(R) Next Generation Enterprise Reliability(TM)
platform that allows enterprises to quickly implement cost-effective
high-availability clustering solutions to maximize uptime of business-critical
applications. SteelEye also announced that Compaq has selected SteelEye for
Linux clustering on its leading industry-standard ProLiant(TM) servers and
entered into a joint marketing agreement to promote SteelEye's LifeKeeper on a
range of ProLiant servers and storage options. As announced today by Compaq in
a related press release, the companies are entering into this agreement to
provide customers with new clustering options for applications, servers and
An enterprise-grade reliability clustering solution that ensures
continuous availability of critical business applications, servers, and data,
LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 offers unprecedented configuration flexibility
through support for 16 or more clustered industry-standard servers, new Linux
distributions, SCSI storage, and Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Networks
(SANs). The Next Generation Enterprise Reliability platform's plug-and-play
integration and intuitive Java-based GUI enable IT managers to easily
implement automated fault monitoring and recovery to ensure round-the-clock
availability of applications and data, making LifeKeeper an ideal solution for
e-commerce and other enterprise IT environments. LifeKeeper is an
industry-proven technology -- used by such Fortune 1000 companies as Chase
Manhattan Bank and AT&T -- that automatically restores application services by
either restarting them locally or seamlessly relocating them to another server
in the cluster.
"We are jointly certifying LifeKeeper on a range of Compaq ProLiant server
models and storage configurations, and are rapidly delivering these integrated
solutions through our global channel partners to address customer demand for
Linux clusters," said Vince Gayman, Director of High Availability Marketing,
Compaq Industry Standard Server Group. "Compaq ProLiant servers running
LifeKeeper provide the highest levels of availability running Linux."
"LifeKeeper for Linux offers the fault resilience and high availability
companies require in today's e-business era while preserving the power and
cost advantages of Linux," said Jim Fitzgerald, President and CEO of SteelEye
Technology. "Our strength and ability to globally deliver reliable and
affordable solutions is further supported by an industry leader like Compaq
selecting SteelEye as a reliability solution provider for Linux-based ProLiant
Exceptional Configuration Flexibility and Ease of Use
LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 brings sophisticated clustering to enterprises of
all sizes by providing a low-cost solution that runs on Intel-based servers
and eliminates the need for costly professional services through plug-and-play
support and straightforward management features.
"The enterprise-grade performance of LifeKeeper for Linux allows us to
offer our customers round the clock access to our supplier performance ratings
service, while minimizing system implementation and maintenance costs," said
Dan Feldman, Vice President of Product Development at Open Ratings. "Its
plug-and-play support offers extreme ease of use and provides us with the
greatest configuration flexibility for scaling the cluster framework to keep
up with our needs."
Enhancements provided by LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 include:
-- New Application Recovery Kits (ARKs) to further support off-the-shelf
applications and eliminate single points of failure. Distributed
computing environments gain additional protection through Version 3.1's
support for Oracle Net8 Listener and new SSL support for Apache Web
server, strengthening the reliability of e-commerce applications.
Data-intensive environments relying on file systems gain increased data
integrity through SteelEye's support for NFS (Network File System) as
well as JFS (journaling file systems), such as EXT3 and ReiserFS.
-- Support for additional servers to simplify and streamline system
deployments. In addition to Compaq's industry-standard ProLiant
servers, customers benefit from plug-and-play integration and certified
support for servers from other vendors, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard
-- Increased storage options to accommodate the widest range of storage
environments. Support for Fibre Channel allows enterprises to implement
reliable SANs that scale up to 16 or more node clusters for maximum
scalability and speed. Additionally, SteelEye is now offering a new
LifeKeeper Data Replication option to guarantee data access in
non-shared storage environments, providing a lower cost of entry and
wider range of supported configurations.
-- Support for additional Linux distributions to work with all key
commercially available operating systems. Recently certified versions
include Red Hat 7.0, Caldera eServer 2.3, SuSE 7.1, and TurboLinux
(planned for Q2 2001).
-- Enterprise management features for enhanced IT efficiency and reduced
operating costs. LifeKeeper's new SNMP support allows companies to
integrate their high-availability solution with any SNMP-based network
management system, such as HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli, and others.
Additionally, tunable heartbeats let managers fine tune the speed of
failure detection and recovery for even higher reliability of critical
-- Enhanced Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to rapidly customize support
for customer-specific needs. The latest version of LifeKeeper's SDK
lets enterprises quickly provide high availability for their custom
applications and other critical computing resources.
"LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 delivers unprecedented ease of use while
supporting the widest range of applications, servers, and storage
configurations, substantially surpassing competitors' 2-node limitations.
SteelEye also offers enterprises consistent reliability management across a
variety of computing environments to protect uptime of all of their critical
applications running on Linux, Windows NT, and Solaris platforms," Fitzgerald
added. "With SteelEye solutions, enterprises and e-businesses alike can
guarantee the availability of their applications, servers, and data while
significantly reducing hardware and staffing requirements."
Pricing and Availability
LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 will be generally available in March 2001.
Pricing starts at $1,500 per node and varies based on configurations and
options selected. For more information, contact SteelEye toll free at
877-319-0108, or 650-318-0108 for calls outside the U.S.
LifeKeeper at LinuxWorld
SteelEye is showcasing its LifeKeeper Next Generation Enterprise
Reliability platform at LinuxWorld in New York this week in the following
partner booths: Compaq (Booth #1639), IBM (Booth #329), Intel (Booth #409),
Linux NetworX (Booth #2221), and BigStorage (Booth #1257).
About SteelEye Technology, Inc.
SteelEye Technology, Inc. is a leading application reliability company
bringing high availability of applications, servers, and data to enterprises
of all sizes through its Next Generation Enterprise Reliability(TM) platform.
The company's LifeKeeper(R) software platform offers enterprise-grade
reliability while simplifying system implementation through plug-and-play
support for the widest range of applications, servers, storage options, and
operating systems, including Linux, Windows NT, and Solaris. Fortune 1000
companies worldwide rely on LifeKeeper to keep thousands of servers up and
running, including Chase Manhattan Bank and AT&T Corporation. Headquartered in
Mountain View, Calif., SteelEye is privately held and has received venture
financing from Venrock Associates, Intel Corp., and Massey Burch Capital Corp.
For more information, please visit www.steeleye.com.
CONTACT: Lonnie Sue Sutton of SteelEye Technology, Inc., 650-237-2412, or
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