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Survey Reveals Many Businesses Now Require 'Always On' Availability for More Than Half of Their Windows Server Applications
Marathon Technologies' Windows Server 2008 HA Toolkit Details Best Practices to Achieve 'Always On' High Availability

LITTLETON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/28/09 -- Top level findings revealed today by a Marathon Technologies global survey show that the need for 'Always On' high availability for Microsoft® Windows Server® applications has increased dramatically. About half of the IT professionals who responded to the survey reported that 50 percent or more of their Windows Server applications now require 'always on' availability. Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server were cited as the two most important Windows Server applications that require 'always on' availability. The data derives from surveys Marathon conducted with their global network of customers, prospects and channel partners in July - September 2009.

More than 20 percent of survey participants reported that 76 -100 percent of their Windows Server applications require 'always on' availability. An additional 28 percent of respondents stated that 51 - 75 percent of their Windows Server applications require 'always on' availability or continuous uptime.

The survey found that more than 70 percent of participants revealed that the number of Windows Server applications that require high availability has increased significantly in the past two years. 76 percent of the respondents reported that downtime to Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server caused the most disruption and were the most important applications that required high availability protection. The survey also revealed that approximately 60 percent of survey participants have either already upgraded to Windows Server 2008 or plan to within the next year.

As a result of these key findings, Marathon has developed a set of high availability planning and implementation tools designed for companies upgrading or implementing Windows 2008. The white paper, on-demand webinar and FAQs in the Windows Server 2008 toolkit explain why companies should consider upgrading to Windows 2008 now and best practice recommendations for affordable, 'always on' high availability.

The Windows Server 2008® Tool Kit includes:

-- The Direct from Microsoft - The Top 10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Now on-demand webinar which features Microsoft Executive David Hanna and provides an overview of the new Web tools, technologies and security enhancements availability in Windows 2008. The webinar can also help IT administrators extend Windows 2008 high availability features to migrate additional mission critical applications and achieve greater cost savings.

-- The IT Cost Savings Opportunity: Migrate Mission Critical Applications to Windows Server 2008 white paper provides IT professionals with best practices for running 'always on' applications in Windows Server 2008 environments.

-- The Q&A from the Windows Server 2008 Webinar provides answers to commonly asked questions for deploying Windows Server 2008 and Marathon everRun automated high availability software.

The survey pooled a global network of Marathon's customers, partners and prospects and was conducted in July - September 2009. More than 100 companies participated in the survey. 48 percent of the respondents worked for midmarket organizations and 43 percent worked for large to Fortune 500 companies.

About Marathon Technologies

With more than 2500 global customers, Marathon is the world's first provider of fault-tolerant, automated, high availability and disaster recovery software for physical and virtual servers. Marathon everRun® software prevents outages and data loss -- without IT intervention or specialized IT skills. Organizations using everRun achieve continuous availability, 100% data protection, and rapid disaster recovery -- all through automated "click-to-protect" operation. In the past 18 months, the company has been recognized with more than a dozen major industry awards including "Best of VMworld 2007 - New Technology," "SearchServerVirtualization 2008 Products of the Year," "10 Virtualization Vendors to Watch in 2009." The company was also recognized as a 2008 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate, a winner in eWEEK's Eighth Annual Excellence Awards Program and finalist for 2009 Citrix Ready Solution of the Year. For more information visit

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