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 data availability. 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 clusters." 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 and IBM. -- 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 application services. -- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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