Stratus Announces a New Focus on Edge Computing

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Stratus Announces a New Focus on Edge Computing

The company faces challenges with its new direction.

Stratus Technologies is moving aggressively to the edge — to “edge computing,” that is. Its flagship ftServer has been updated with the company describes as “a converged operational technology (OT) edge system” combined with remote management services in a “rugged and easy-to-deploy form factor.” Stratus believes that this configuration will be ideal for users in industrial automation (IA) or in distributed enterprises deploying Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

Stratus has evolved its messages many times in the past, but its technology has largely focused on providing systems and computing environments that are almost never seen to fail; that quietly go to work and don’t require extensive expertise in processing virtualization, such as clustering, virtual machine (VM) software, operating system virtualization and partitioning software or tools to manage workload migration. They’re self-monitoring, self-healing and extremely reliable.

What does this really mean? The company’s ftServer product line is made up of systems with built-in redundancy that are designed to provide 6-nines of availability (99.9999 percent uptime) out of the box. They don’t require special high-availability (HA) software, custom applications designed for HA or any of the complexity found in clusters or grids built using standard, off-the-shelf industry standard systems.

Customers can expect to see downtime on the order of 31.5 seconds per year by simply loading their applications