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Stratus Server Line Bolsters Downtime-fighting Technology with Intel Xeon E5 processor Speed, Power and Performance

Date: 2012-10-13
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Newest ftServer systems protect Computer-Aided Dispatch, Next-Gen 9-1-1, other key Public Safety applications with 99.999%-plus uptime

With the increasing IT complexity, sophistication, and integration both within and outside of today’s Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), uninterrupted 24/7 service is more challenging than ever before. In this battle to protect against the pains of IT system downtime and data loss, Stratus Technologies today launched an entirely new arsenal of server systems specifically engineered for superior high availability and operational simplicity. 

The Stratus® ftServer® family, which extends from entry-level departmental servers to data center-class systems, runs Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and virtualization workloads with less than two minutes of unplanned downtime per year on average in continuous operation. Now in its sixth generation with more than a decade of field-proven uptime reliability, the new ftServer line consists of three highly configurable, Intel Xeon E5 processor-based models that protect PSAP operations from outages at prices matched to any departmental or municipal IT systems budget.

  • ftServer 2700 system: the value model is low cost and ideal for small and mid-size department call volumes and operational requirements, effectively replacing  ordinary x86 servers or low-end clusters.
  • ftServer 4700 system: the adaptable model is a flexible mid-range server suitable for variable workloads, increasing call volumes, an application consolidation platform, and departmental integration or expansion; takes full advantage of Intel QuickPath technology to boost systems performance, bandwidth, and reliability.
  • ftServer 6400 system: the performance model is a 16-core workhorse for top-tier city, county, state, or country-wide dispatch implementations, capable of handling enterprise-class transaction-intensive data center workloads, such as server virtualization, database engine, and cloud computing.

New models deliver up to four times more processing performance than the previous generation. For the first time, systems may be configured with internal solid-state disk drives alone or in combination with high-density disks in the same chassis. All ftServer models are available now.


Downtime Prevention

Within a standard enclosure, fully redundant server technology predicts and prevents downtime, riding through and resolving issues that can cause failover, data loss, and virtual-machine and application restarts in other uptime solutions. Yet, ftServer systems are more cost effective over the life of the application, and are as easy to deploy, manage, and maintain as ordinary x86 servers.

“We don’t have to worry about providing the high availability that our UK ambulance service customers demand; ftServer does that admirably,” said Mark Appleyard, MIS Emergency Systems, a provider of command and control systems for emergency dispatch operations and ftServer beta system evaluator. “We appreciate the simplicity of the solution, unlike the clustered server products we’ve used in the past, which require additional maintenance, configuration and testing of the applications.”

Software, Hardware, Service Work Together

ftServer systems’ remote monitoring and management services via the Stratus ActiveServiceTM network work in concert with the server’s resilient software and hardware to deliver industry-leading uptime assurance. The average server downtime in 2011 for the global installed base of systems under service contract was 81 seconds. Daily updates to the Stratus online Uptime MeterSM display show current uptime levels, a performance metric that only Stratus publically displays.

“If unplanned downtime of your critical public safety applications not an option, then your best option for protecting them is products and services from Stratus Technologies,” said Dave LeClair, director of product management and marketing for Stratus. “This new ftServer line brings to bear the full power and performance of Intel’s most current multi-core processor technology. These servers integrate seamlessly into any IT infrastructure while, at the same time, relieving IT staff from the management headaches and worry typical of other vendors’ high availability product offerings.”

Learn more about safeguarding the mission-critical applications that public safety 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers and first responders depend on by downloading, “Protecting PSAP Applications from Downtime,” a free eBook from Stratus. For more details on Stratus’ next-generation downtime prevention solutions, visit or call 1-800-STRATUS.

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