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Winchester Systems Introduces High Availability Servers

Provides High Availability Without Clustering (November 30, 2011)

BILLERICA, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/30/11 -- Winchester Systems Inc., a leading data storage solutions provider, today announced a totally new line of high availability servers. The new FlashServer HA-4000 Series offers two servers in one unit that automatically failover and provide 99.999% system uptime without the need for complex clustering software in Windows, Linux and VMware environments.

High Availability Servers for Key Applications
FlashServer HA Redundant Failover Servers provide an innovative solution to address planned and unplanned downtime for critical applications. FlashServer HA delivers continuous uptime through its fully redundant modular hardware featuring Intel Xeon processors with up to six cores and up to 96 GB memory each. These servers provide continuous availability through hardware redundancy in all components: CPU, memory, motherboards, I/O, hard disk drives, power supplies and cooling fans. Two servers in one unit run applications simultaneously so if one fails, the other takes over immediately with no lost data and no delays common to cluster solutions. Only one set of software licenses is needed. No downtime is needed for routine operating system and application updates as one server at a time can be taken off-line and updated.

Five 9s High Availability
Failover with the FlashServer HA is automatic and transparent to the OS, virtualization software, applications, and users. The environment can survive a drive, motherboard, CPU, RAM, bus, power supply and fan failure. The result is a realizable 99.999% uptime without clustering. For the utmost in reliability and to protect against both hardware and software failures, FlashServer HA servers work exceeding well in cluster environments -- delivering a double layer of protection from fault tolerant servers and cluster failover. Plus, clustering provides load balancing and other benefits.

Overwhelming Cost Savings
To run in redundant mode, the HA Server only requires one copy of the operating system and application software license, no professional services to setup or configure the server.

FlashServer HA installs just like any other standard Intel server -- saving tremendously on professional services -- and reducing complexity and need for specialized staff to support complex cluster environments. FlashServer HA implements redundancy at the hardware level, reducing failures to automatic notifications and indicator light status. This approach significantly reduces the complexity associated with other forms of high availability such as clustering systems. It also simplifies system management and recovery operations, since administration and configurations are performed as a single system view.

Uninterrupted Operation
Eliminating minutes of downtime for a cluster failover and avoiding a data loss provide substantial recapture of otherwise lost revenue often measured in thousands of dollars per minute.

"Everyone has at least one application where downtime is just unthinkable," according to Mr. Joel Leider, the company's chief executive officer. "FlashServer HA is the solution -- just replace he standard Intel server with FlashServer HA and get the needed protection," he added.

FlashServer HA server pricing starts at under $20,000. Delivery is 2-3 weeks ARO.

About Winchester Systems Inc.
Winchester Systems provides purpose built storage, servers and software for demanding applications. Products include high performance FlashDisk data storage, FlashServer servers and FlashNAS network attached storage and system integration services for VMware, CA ARCserve Replication, Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms plus Windows, Linux and Oracle Clusters. Storage offerings include Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions for commercial, healthcare, government, military, security, surveillance and educational applications. These tiered storage solutions offer a wide variety of SAS and SSD disks for Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI environments. For more information visit:

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