Mountain View Data Launches Intermezzo - High Availability File System

InterMezzo 1.0 Provides Data Management for High-Availability,

Server Mirroring & Backup, and Real Time Web Content Dissemination



Dec 05, 2000, 00:00 ET from Mountain View Data, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain View Data, Inc.
 today announced the beta release of InterMezzo(TM) 1.0 -- an advanced
 distributed file system software solution optimized for high availability,
 server mirroring and backup, and content dissemination.  With the launch of
 InterMezzo, Mountain View Data is now gearing up to provide its data
 management services to enterprise customers, data centers, and ISPs/ASPs
 throughout North America and in Asian markets.
     "InterMezzo brings a fundamental technology to synchronize active file
 systems across multiple servers in environments with intermittent network
 connectivity.  InterMezzo is the ideal file system solution for many data
 replication and synchronization applications, such as content distribution and
 server mirroring," said Dr. Peter Braam, CTO and EVP of Engineering at
 Mountain View Data.  "Optimized to provide simple yet robust and scalable
 replication, InterMezzo is positioned to see wide acceptance for server
 mirroring, backup as well as for synchronizing mobile clients."
     Braam started development of InterMezzo in the fall of 1998, and since
 then has worked with many companies and individuals, as is common with
 Linux-based applications.  Most recently, Tacitus Systems, based in
 Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed extensive testing and debugging to the
 application.
     "Tacitus Systems, a storage service provider, realized that a better and
 more cost-effective solution needed to be developed to handle our customer's
 growing data needs," said Trevor Hughes, President of Tacitus Systems.  "When
 our team came across InterMezzo, it became very clear that InterMezzo offered
 the right way and most promising potential to solve our customers' needs."
 
     Deployment of InterMezzo
     With the rapid deployment of Web file servers around the world,
 organizations demand data to be globally synchronized and efficiently managed.
 InterMezzo is a distributed file system specifically designed for
 deployment in the following scenarios:
 
     -- High-Availability Replicating File System -- InterMezzo provides
 high-availability data access in web and file server environments.  With
 InterMezzo, geographically separated data centers can off-load backbone
 traffic and provide high quality of service through server replication.
     -- Server Mirroring, Backup -- InterMezzo provides mirroring, backup and
 reintegration of servers and mobile clients.  By tracking changes in active
 file systems InterMezzo enables seamless reintegration of changes to other
 systems for mirroring, backup and synchronization.
 
     Mechanisms of InterMezzo
     InterMezzo is a client/server file system based on logging versions and
 updates to folder collections.  InterMezzo wraps around an existing journaling
 disk file system with a kernel level module, and unlike most other distributed
 file systems, InterMezzo does write back caching.  The kernel module, Presto,
 tracks updates made to folders and/or files, and writes log records that
 detail both what was done and the version of the folder or file that was
 affected.  Presto integrates with journaling file systems and InterMezzo's
 journal recovery that enables deployment of large replicated InterMezzo file
 systems.
     Whether on a server or client, InterMezzo stores file data in a local disk
 file system.  On a client, the file system contains cached copies of files
 currently or recently in use.  On a server, the file system contains
 authoritative copies of all files in a folder collection.
     With flexible data transport mechanisms and extensive configuration
 options, InterMezzo operates seamlessly in wide area server clusters and
 high-availability environments.  In this type of operation, InterMezzo can
 switch from a connected to disconnected mode.  Upon resumed connectivity,
 InterMezzo automatically synchronizes data among client and servers, thus
 enabling high-availability data access.
 
     Availability
     InterMezzo 1.0 will be available in early 2001 from Mountain View Data and
 their partners.  More information is available at:
 www.mountainviewdata.com/technology/intermezzo.html.
 
     About Mountain View Data, Inc.
     Building on open source technologies, Mountain View Data develops advanced
 file systems and storage software that leverage commodity hardware.  With its
 technology, Mountain View Data brings next-generation storage solutions to
 ISPs, ASPs and enterprise data centers around the world.  Headquartered in
 Mountain View, California, Mountain View Data is opening offices in Japan,
 China and the U.S.  For more information, visit:  www.mountainviewdata.com, or
 e-mail:  info@mountainviewdata.com.
     NOTE:  InterMezzo is a trademark of Stelias Computing, Inc., used under
 license.  All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE Mountain View Data, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain View Data, Inc.
 today announced the beta release of InterMezzo(TM) 1.0 -- an advanced
 distributed file system software solution optimized for high availability,
 server mirroring and backup, and content dissemination.  With the launch of
 InterMezzo, Mountain View Data is now gearing up to provide its data
 management services to enterprise customers, data centers, and ISPs/ASPs
 throughout North America and in Asian markets.
     "InterMezzo brings a fundamental technology to synchronize active file
 systems across multiple servers in environments with intermittent network
 connectivity.  InterMezzo is the ideal file system solution for many data
 replication and synchronization applications, such as content distribution and
 server mirroring," said Dr. Peter Braam, CTO and EVP of Engineering at
 Mountain View Data.  "Optimized to provide simple yet robust and scalable
 replication, InterMezzo is positioned to see wide acceptance for server
 mirroring, backup as well as for synchronizing mobile clients."
     Braam started development of InterMezzo in the fall of 1998, and since
 then has worked with many companies and individuals, as is common with
 Linux-based applications.  Most recently, Tacitus Systems, based in
 Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed extensive testing and debugging to the
 application.
     "Tacitus Systems, a storage service provider, realized that a better and
 more cost-effective solution needed to be developed to handle our customer's
 growing data needs," said Trevor Hughes, President of Tacitus Systems.  "When
 our team came across InterMezzo, it became very clear that InterMezzo offered
 the right way and most promising potential to solve our customers' needs."
 
     Deployment of InterMezzo
     With the rapid deployment of Web file servers around the world,
 organizations demand data to be globally synchronized and efficiently managed.
 InterMezzo is a distributed file system specifically designed for
 deployment in the following scenarios:
 
     -- High-Availability Replicating File System -- InterMezzo provides
 high-availability data access in web and file server environments.  With
 InterMezzo, geographically separated data centers can off-load backbone
 traffic and provide high quality of service through server replication.
     -- Server Mirroring, Backup -- InterMezzo provides mirroring, backup and
 reintegration of servers and mobile clients.  By tracking changes in active
 file systems InterMezzo enables seamless reintegration of changes to other
 systems for mirroring, backup and synchronization.
 
     Mechanisms of InterMezzo
     InterMezzo is a client/server file system based on logging versions and
 updates to folder collections.  InterMezzo wraps around an existing journaling
 disk file system with a kernel level module, and unlike most other distributed
 file systems, InterMezzo does write back caching.  The kernel module, Presto,
 tracks updates made to folders and/or files, and writes log records that
 detail both what was done and the version of the folder or file that was
 affected.  Presto integrates with journaling file systems and InterMezzo's
 journal recovery that enables deployment of large replicated InterMezzo file
 systems.
     Whether on a server or client, InterMezzo stores file data in a local disk
 file system.  On a client, the file system contains cached copies of files
 currently or recently in use.  On a server, the file system contains
 authoritative copies of all files in a folder collection.
     With flexible data transport mechanisms and extensive configuration
 options, InterMezzo operates seamlessly in wide area server clusters and
 high-availability environments.  In this type of operation, InterMezzo can
 switch from a connected to disconnected mode.  Upon resumed connectivity,
 InterMezzo automatically synchronizes data among client and servers, thus
 enabling high-availability data access.
 
     Availability
     InterMezzo 1.0 will be available in early 2001 from Mountain View Data and
 their partners.  More information is available at:
 www.mountainviewdata.com/technology/intermezzo.html.
 
     About Mountain View Data, Inc.
     Building on open source technologies, Mountain View Data develops advanced
 file systems and storage software that leverage commodity hardware.  With its
 technology, Mountain View Data brings next-generation storage solutions to
 ISPs, ASPs and enterprise data centers around the world.  Headquartered in
 Mountain View, California, Mountain View Data is opening offices in Japan,
 China and the U.S.  For more information, visit:  www.mountainviewdata.com, or
 e-mail:  info@mountainviewdata.com.
     NOTE:  InterMezzo is a trademark of Stelias Computing, Inc., used under
 license.  All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 SOURCE  Mountain View Data, Inc.