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Jerry Melnick

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When it comes to availability vs. recovery, the most important question to ask is what are your recovery time objectives (RTO)? What is the amount of time your application can afford to be down? If the applications have strict requirements, then you want an availability solution. Disas...
When it comes to high availability, taking a “one-size fits all” approach is highly inefficient. I recently spoke with Carryl Roy, editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine to discuss the different levels of availability, why these are important and how to select the right level ...
In case you missed it, we announced this week that Jim Welch, former IBM VP and GM, has joined Marathon as our new Presdient and CEO. To learn more about Jim and the future direction of the company under Jim’s leadership, be sure to check out some of the recent press coverage: X...
How many times do you check your email each hour? Recent studies have shown that the average worker checks email once every 15 minutes, with some users checking email as often as 40 times per hour. In addition, growing use of iPhones, BlackBerrys and similar email-enabled mobile device...
Thanks again to those who joined us for last week’s webinar, “How to Get at Least 2x Greater Cost Savings from Server Virtualization.” An on-demand recording is available to watch at your convenience (just click the link.) We had a lot of good questions from our atte...
Congratulations to Eric Layman of PNC Financial Services Group, the winner of a $50 American Express gift card for participating in our August survey on Windows Server 2008. To participate in future Marathon surveys, sign up for Marathon's monthly newsletter: http://www.marathontechnol...
There are at least three straightforward steps that best practices companies are implementing to achieve aggressive costs savings with their server virtualization initiatives. I'll be reviewing these three steps in more detail, along with customer use cases, in a webinar on August 19th...
Douglas Brown of www.dabcc.com recently interviewed Michael Bilancieri, Senior Director of Products and Tom Reed, Senior Systems Engineer. Michael, Tom, and Doug discuss the Marathon everRun high availability solution, what's new, how it works, how it adds value to Citrix XenServer and...
Our July 30th webinar “Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Now” was very well attended, and as expected, generated a lot of good questions. So many questions, in fact, that we weren’t able to answer them all during the live Q&A portion of the webinar....
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our webinar yesterday with Microsoft, Direct from Microsoft – The Top 10 Reason You Should Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Now:Here are the AMEX Gift Card winners who were randomly selected from the attendee list:$50 AMEX Gift Card Winners: Jeff W...
The Burton Group recently completed a certification review of Citrix XenServer 5.5 with Citrix Essential 5.5 Platinum Edition. After reviewing XenServer against extensive production-ready criteria (27 required features, 42 preferred features and 24 optional features—these guys are thor...
Following the XenServer HA announcement, we’ve been approached with questions like “How exactly does XenServer HA work?” and “How does XenServer HA and everRun VM work together.” Rather than respond ourselves we thought it would be best to point to a few fellow bloggers who have alread...
One of the promises of server virtualization is improved high availability and more efficient disaster recovery. But according to the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to achieve these goals with virtualization requires the modification of existing processes. It also requires looking bey...
Analyst firm The 451 Group has just released some very interesting findings about virtualization and availability in a recent report by Chief Analyst John Abbott. Some of the key take-aways include: • Virtual infrastructure can form the basis of fully automated availability proce...
At VMworld we demonstrated our everRun VM Lockstep Option for Citrix XenServer 5. Despite the decrease in foot traffic on the show floor, the turnout was much higher than expected. High airline prices (or possibly just the Vegas night life :)) may have kept some people away, but we pre...
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to Windows Server 2008, be sure to attend our July 30th webinar featuring guest speaker David Hanna, Information Architect at Microsoft. David will review the new Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management...
Stephanie Balaouras, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, has an interesting blog post this week on ZDnet about the increasing interest in high availability from her clients. In her article “How Do We Measure High Availability?” she makes several key points: As c...
We had a number of questions during the Q&A session of our June 24th webinar with Stephen Wynkoop, founder of SSWUG.org. I’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blog for everyone’s benefit. This webinar was recorded in case you weren’t able to attend, ...
Bhumik Patel of Citrix has posted Part II of the Citrix and Marathon demo at SAP on his blog. Part I of Bhumik’s blog series looked at specific details on Citrix Delivery Center and the Disaster Recovery demonstration for SAP NetWeaver. Part II covers different high availability...
Getting ready to deploy Exchange 2007? If so, we’ve put together a comprehensive set of tools to help you select the optimal availability levels for your Exchange 2007 environment: • Optimizing Exchange High Availability—A New Approach explains how to use a new stra...
Protecting SQL Server and its related applications continues to be one of the most common concerns we hear from our customers. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some SQL-related info and links for your reference below. While you’re here, be sure to sign up for our f...
We recently teamed up with Citrix to demonstrate an end-to-end Citrix and Marathon combined solution onsite at one of the world's largest business software companies, SAP. Bhumik Patel of Citrix was one of the team members on the project. A quick overview of the project is available...
We had some great questions during the Q & A session of our May 20th webinar with myself, Michael Bilancieri, along with Tom Reed here at Marathon. I’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blog for everyone’s benefit. This webinar was recorded in case you wer...
We had a great time at the Citrix Synergy show in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. Citrix put together a well-organized show that facilitated some good discussions with our partners and customers. Overall the show was a great success for us. We also had some fun at the show going on c...
Given Citrix XenApp’s increasing importance to many organizations, Marathon has put together a XenApp High Availability Tool Kit to provide you with the information you need to achieve your SLA commitments: • Optimizing Citrix XenApp High Availability white paper explains h...
Dan Kusnetzky from ZDnet has a great post on his blog today about The Sullivan Group, a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) company (and Marathon customer) based in Savannah, Georgia. Erika Simpson, Network Administrator, and Rob Jones, IT Director, at The Sullivan Group, gave some great...
I recently blogged about how to apply the three levels of availability to Exchange 2007 mailbox servers. By splitting the amount of users across multiple VM’s you can provide a level of availability to each set of users based upon your SLA with each business unit in your company....
We received over a hundred questions during the Q & A session of our April 29th webinar where we covered our new everRun technology. I've posted the questions and respondes here for everyone's benefit. Q: Level 3 will support 2 Socket Processors? A: A level-3 protected workload m...
We’re in the running for the 2009 Citrix Ready Solution of the Year award. The winner will be announced next week’s Citrix Synergy event in Las Vegas. If you’re attending Synergy, be sure to stop by the Marathon booth (#414) for a live demo of everRun VM. Citrix...
We had an incredible amount of great questions during the Q & A session of our April 16th webinar with myself, Michael Bilancieri, along with John Humphreys of Citrix Systems and Doug Strain of HP. I’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blow for everyone’...
Spring has brought a number of welcomed events here in New England – more than one or two days above 40 degrees, Josh Beckett looking good in the Red Sox home opener, and a snow-free driveway and yard (fingers crossed they stay that way). At Marathon, we’re also looking fo...
When planning your VM workloads, you should be aware of what level of availability each server will need. By splitting the amount of users across multiple VM’s you can provide a level of availability to each set of users based upon your SLA with each business unit in your compan...
We had some great questions during the Q & A session of our March webinar with Peter Blum and Sridhar Mullapudi, both of Citrix Systems. We’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blog for everyone’s benefit. This webinar was recorded in case you weren't able to attend, click...
Dan Kusnetsky (ZDNet blog, Virtually Speaking) just did a good summary of our development and marketing agreement announcement with Microsoft, Marathon Technologies and Microsoft Dance Together.
Our Senior Solutions Architect Tom Reed, a member of the Citrix Partner Technical Expert Counsel, is going to join Sridhar Mullapudi, XenApp Sr. Product Manager and Peter Blum, XenServer Principal Technical Marketing Manager for a live webinar on March 18th. These three specialists are...
We had a lot of great questions during the Q & A session of our February webinar with Stephanie Balaouras of Forrester Research. We’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blog for everyone’s benefit. Questions from the webinar: Q: In the architecture two "mirrored" VMs are s...
On February 24th, we’re going to be doing a webinar featuring Stephanie Balaouras, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and co-author of the report, X86 Server Virtualization for High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Stephanie was good enough to sit down with us to answer a coupl...
We had a lot of great questions during the Q & A session of our January webinar with one of our customers. We’ve posted the questions and responses here on our blog for everyone’s benefit. Questions for The Sullivan Group: Q: Which everRun product are they running? everRun HA or FT? A:...
For healthcare organizations and their IT departments, almost everything is mission critical, from patient information to registration systems and records management. Information needs to be readily available and data has to protected at all times to avoid compliance risk or calamitous...
Using the Adobe Flex framework, Marathon teamed with UI Foundry to develop a rich Internet application (RIA) console that manages and monitors the world’s first fault-tolerant, high availability software (everRun VM) for server virtualization. The software integrates with Citrix XenSer...