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10 Virtual Companies to watch out for

I'm sure there are more but Network world picked up a few:

Let us check out Marathon technologies. I had promised to help our Marathon friends with some tips on glossary. Anyways this is what they do:

Headquarters: Littleton, Mass.

What does the company offer? EverRun high-availability/fault-tolerance software, which integrates with XenSource's XenEnterprise software and runs on a two-node network of Windows machines. It keeps the machines in lock step so that if a component or software fails on one, the other keeps running, eliminating downtime.

Why is it worth watching? "Going forward, we see high availability and disaster recovery for business resiliency as key reasons why organizations will deploy virtualization software," says John Humphreys, an IDC program director. "There is huge market appeal for technology . . . that addresses both planned and unplanned downtime in virtual environments."

How did the company get its start? The founders, who had developed Digital Equipment's VAX FT fault-tolerant systems, created technology that lets multiple Wintel servers operate as a single fault-tolerant system. In 2003, the company implemented its technology in software.

How did the company get its name? "Marathon" was chosen because it conveys the idea of running with endurance and resiliency.

Management: CEO Gary Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in senior management for high-technology firms, including Avaki (now Sybase), Bowstreet (now IBM), BroadVision, BBN Technologies, NCR and Wang Laboratories.

Funding: $26 million in four rounds, from Atlas Venture, Longworth Capital, Presidio STX and Sierra Ventures.

Who's using the product? MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group and Wellcome Trust, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers and television networks.

so you're a VC, better check them all out.

NW is carrying the article.


  1. Hi Tarry,

    Thanks for sharing our initiative with your readers. We appreciate your insights on us and more importantly the virtualization industry as it crosses over the horizon. Looking forward to your feedback on our glossary! Thanks Again.

    -Tim Eckles
    Director Marketing, Marathon Technologies


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