Stratus Technologies has announced the local launch and immediate availability of Avance, its much-anticipated high availability solution for the commodity Intel x86 server realm.

The solution is designed to afford SMBs and larger organisations with branch infrastructure greater reliability, improved efficiency of their server resources and a reduction in the cost of managing their server infrastructure.
And importantly, the solution is designed to fit in with the budgetary constraints these organisations are normally hamstrung by.
With Avance, David Laurello, CEO and Chairman of Stratus says SMBs and branch offices can begin benefitting from uptime that would normally be outside of their annual IT budgets.
Laurello says that businesses are facing three challenges when it comes to their IT infrastructure today.
"Firstly," Laurello says, "as organisations have become more reliant on their IT infrastructure as an enabler for business, so they have realised that they cannot tolerate downtime.
"A second priority is cost savings," he continues, "and one of the most effective ways for a business to save money in their IT environment is for them to consolidate their applications onto less physical infrastructure.
"Lastly," he says, "SMBs generally don't have a wealth of IT skill at their disposal and larger corporates generally don't have IT resources present at each of their branches."
"Overall, we're finding that organisations are opting for strong remote management and problem resolution capabilities across the enterprise to deal with this issue," he says.
"Avance gives businesses of all sizes the ability to make inroads into each of these areas.
"It is a veritable silver bullet when it comes to solving some of the most pressing IT issues being faced by businesses today," he adds.
And Stratus believes that Avance has a wealth of potential in the South African market.
"Avance is a solution that's strongly differentiated from competitive offerings by virtue of its simplicity," says Dick Sharod, country-manager for Stratus Technologies in South Africa.
"Unlike competitive solutions, it is designed to be installed within 15 minutes and be fully operational in more or less the same time-frame. It is also designed to work in an environment where a high-level of IT skills is not present," he says.
"So, there's no complicated scripting and ongoing support required to keep the solution up and running," he says.
Sharod adds that since Avance touches on a far larger segment of the availability market than Stratus' continuous availability solutions, the potential customer base it has at its disposal is also much bigger.
"Because the South African market consists of so many small and medium sized organisations, we believe that massive potential exists for our partners to drive the solution locally," he says.
Sharod says his company is also predicting that Avance will give partners an entirely new way of engaging with customers on the service front.
"Today," he says, "the companies handling the support services for enterprise customers' branch infrastructure have nothing else to compete on but price.
"By guaranteeing their customers a higher level of uptime than before, and then using their existing infrastructure to deliver better uptime, reductions in management overhead and the ability to consolidate their server resources, service and support organisations will have something new and extremely powerful to differentiate themselves on," Sharod says.
"We are extremely positive about the impact Avance can have in the South and sub-Saharan Africa markets," he concludes.