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The Sullivan Group Goes Virtual with XenServer and Marathon

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 advice that can be applied to almost any IT implementation. Here’s what they suggest:

• Having a powerful enough infrastructure is something to focus on. Although the economy is tight, it is worth acquiring sufficient hardware and software resources to test applications before deploying. They are happy that they selected 64-bit industry standard systems as a platform because it has offered more than enough performance to handle their workloads.

• Test until you can’t test any more. This will allow you to make mistakes, learn from them and yet not have a negative impact on customers and their data.

• Read the instructions. If you don’t understand the instructions look for help from the vendor, from blogs, from forums and if all else fails, Google it!

Since implementing Citrix XenServer and Marathon’s everRun VM, which The Sullivan Group is now leveraging to protect their Microsoft Dynamics-based SamWare applications, the company has had zero downtime, even during a significant failure.

You can read the full article on the ZDnet Virtually Speaking blog here.

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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.