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Jerry Melnick

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Virtualizing Exchange Webinar Q & A

Yesterday, Matt Fairbanks, VP Product Marketing, Citrix, and Jerry Melnick, CTO, Marathon, presented the webinar “Virtualizing Exchange – The Cold, Hard Numbers on Why Citrix XenServer + everRun VM is the Best Platform.” Below are a few of the questions asked from participants with Jerry’s response to each:

Q: What happens in a case of a split brain scenario?

Jerry: In our SplitSite products, we have what we call a quorum services capability – it’s actually an additional component that’s added on to manage split brain and arbitrate when you lose all connections between the two machines.

Q: How long does it generally take to set up XenServer with everRun VM to create this kind of a solution?

Jerry: Citrix people have always mentioned “Ten minutes to Xen” which is a pretty good rule of thumb. We say it’s another ten minutes to add the Marathon software. It’s a simple script that gets run on each host, and then you’re off and ready to protect the machines. The actual protection process itself is really a matter of a minute. The simplicity and ease have never been seen before in this industry with this class of availability solution.

Q: In field of limitations and customers that have deployed this kind of technology, are there any things you would council people to consider to set up XenServer and everRun in the most highly available and robust way?

Jerry: With our system, we provide best practice guidelines for configuring networks availability, etc. One of the beauties of our technology – working in conjunction with XenServer – is that once everything is installed and running, we put everything into an active validation mode so that we know components are configured properly. If something is misconfigured or isn’t running redundantly, you’re going to see the status and receive a warning. A key benefit of this system is you will know how to fix it before there are any problems.

There are many cases in availability systems where you have simple failover technologies: you take an error, you failover, you get to that resource, and then you find out the network or disk isn’t working because it wasn’t configured properly. By having this active validation capability and the report out, the status is being monitored in a simple and reliable fashion – you know when you’re redundant and how you’re going to manage failures.

Thanks to everyone that attended. For those that didn’t have the chance to attend or ask questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and we will do our best to answer them.

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Jerry Melnick (jmelnick@us.sios.com) is responsible for defining corporate strategy and operations at SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SIOS SAN and #SANLess cluster software (www.clustersyourway.com). He more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and high availability software industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College with graduate work in Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Boston University.