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Multi-Core Servers Boost Price/Performance Up to 126% in New Stratus ftServer Line for Windows and Linux



Stratus ftServer 2500, 4400 and 6200 Fault Tolerant Servers are Fourth Generation with 99.999% Uptime Reliability

MAYNARD, Mass., July 16 -- Stratus Technologies, Inc. today announced the new Stratus(R) ftServer(R) 2500 and ftServer 4400 systems, both dual-core continuously available servers ideal for supporting critical applications in space-constrained data centers, remote offices and light-out computing environments. Together with the previously announced 2-socket quad- core ftServer 6200 system (March 2007), the ftServer 2500 and 4400 systems represent a new generation of industry-standard Stratus servers that deliver superior processing power, and greater I/O and memory capacity than ever before. Dual-core Xeon-based 1-socket 2500 and 1- or 2-socket 4400 models allow for wide-ranging configurability, workload support and IT budgets.

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"Processor cores have replaced multiple chips on PCBs, while also boosting power, enhancing design and operating efficiency, and improving price/performance for mission-critical applications," said Allan Jennings, Stratus senior vice president, product & solutions development. "At one time our most fully configured system required 12 Xeon processors on three boards. The new top-of-the-line ftServer 6200 has two quad-cores on each of two boards -- four packages with a total of 16 processing engines -- and it delivers 450 percent more power at 31 percent of the price of that earlier system. Multi- core is the future for all ftServer models."

The processing power of the ftServer 2500 system surpasses the previous entry-level model by 86 percent, representing a price-performance boost of 40 percent for replicated distributed computing supported by little to no IT staff. The mid-range 4400 model, which is equivalently priced to the model it replaces, delivers almost twice the performance to support critical applications in public safety, ATM/POS, call/contact center, and manufacturing operations management, among others. The ftServer 6200 system pushes up price/performance by 126 percent over its predecessor, while delivering nearly three times the power for transaction-intensive business operations, next- generation telecommunication services, or as a high-performance database engine and virtualization platform.

Stratus ftServer 2500, 4400, and 6200 system specifications

Processors ftServer ftServer ftServer
2500 system 4400 system 6200 system

Logical 1-socket 1- and 2-socket 2-socket
processors
Processors Dual-core Dual-core Quad-core
Intel Xeon 2 Intel Xeon 2 Intel Xeon
GHz GHz 2.66 GHz
Cache 4 MB L2 cache 4 MB L2 cache 2 x 4MB L2 cache
Front side 1333 MHz 1333 MHz 1333 MHz
bus

Memory
Min./Max. 2GB-6GB 2GB-12GB 4GB-24GB
memory
Memory 6 6 6
slots per
CRU
DDR2 memory 1GB 1GB and 2GB 2GB and 4GB
sizes

I/O
subsystem
PCI Slots 6 PCI-X; or 6 PCI-X; or 6 PCI-X; or
2 PCI-Express 2 PCI-Express 2 PCI-Express
and 4 PCI-X and 4 PCI-X and 4 PCI-X

Storage
subsystem
Base disk 6 internal 6 internal 6 internal
subsystem SAS or SATA SAS or SATA SAS or SATA
disks disks disks
Disk drives 250(1),500(1) 250(1),500(1) 250(1),500(1)
supported GB(7200 RPM) GB(7200 RPM) GB(7200 RPM)
SATA 73,146, SATA 73,146, SATA 73,146,
300(2)GB(15K 300(2)GB(15K 300(2)GB(15K
RPM) SAS RPM) SAS RPM) SAS

External
storage
Storage EMC CLARiiON, EMC CLARiiON, EMC CLARiiON,
array and Symmetrix and Symmetrix and Symmetrix
attach
(Windows
only)
ftScalable Up to three Up to three Up to three
Storage 12-slot 12-slot 12-slot
shelves shelves shelves
(Shared DAS (Shared DAS (Shared DAS
or SAN) or SAN) or SAN)

Operating
system
Microsoft Windows Windows Windows
Windows Server 2003 Server 2003 Server 2003
Standard Enterprise Enterprise
Edition Edition
Linux Red Hat Red Hat Red Hat
Enterprise Enterprise Enterprise
Linux 4 Linux 4 Linux 4

Notes:
Internal disk only
External disk only

For complete server specifications, go to http://stratus.com/pdf/ftserver/family.pdf

"Our benchmark tests simulating a network of 15,000 ATMs showed that the ftServer 6200 is an excellent ATM-driving server in terms of sustained TPS, average response time, CPU utilization and just about every other performance metric," said Dean Jordaan, SVP Global Product Strategy, Postilion, a leading global provider of integrated solutions for self-service banking and payments processing. "This machine is definitely a new performance class in the Stratus ftServer line."

The new server line shares a common design that is differentiated by Intel processor, memory capacity and I/O slots. Each has two customer-replaceable units (CRU) that run simultaneously in lockstep to process the same data at the same time. Each CRU contains CPU and I/O in a 2U standard 19-inch rack, and is the equivalent of a simplex server. To the operating system and application, the two physical CRUs appear as a single logical server. Should one CRU experience an issue that causes it to take itself out of service, the partner CRU, operating system and application continue to run unaffected, thereby eliminating unplanned downtime, failover and data loss. Stratus server uptime availability is field-proven to be better than 99.999 percent.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 EM64T will be available on all three models September 2007. Stratus ftServer 4400 and 6200 systems are available now with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition; Windows support on the ftServer 2500 system is planned for mid-October.

These ftServer systems have been developed jointly by Stratus and NEC Corporation as a result of their collaboration agreement signed November 2005.

About Stratus Technologies

Stratus Technologies is a global solutions provider focused exclusively on helping its customers achieve and sustain the availability of information systems that support their critical business processes. Based upon its 27 years of expertise in server and services technology for continuous availability, Stratus is a trusted solutions provider to customers in manufacturing, life sciences, telecommunications, financial services, public safety, transportation & logistics, and other industries. For more information, visit www.stratus.com.

Stratus is a registered trademark of Stratus Technologies Bermuda Ltd. The Stratus Technologies logo is a trademark of Stratus Technologies Bermuda Ltd. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Ed Marshall of Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, +1-603-559-5816, emarshall@beaupre.com, for Stratus Technologies; or Ken Donoghue of Stratus Technologies, +1-978-461-7269, ken.donoghue@stratus.com

Web site: www.stratus.com/
http://stratus.com/pdf/ftserver/family.pdf

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