MAYNARD, Mass, May 10, 2011 – A journey that began nearly 30 years ago continues today for many Stratus customers with the release of Stratus OpenVOS 17.1, arguably the world’s most reliable operating system for running mission-critical applications. The key feature of the new release is Stratus’ implementation of the Java development language, named Kona for OpenVOS 1.0. Accompanying the software release is the launch of the fourth-generation ftServer V Series family of Intel Xeon-processor-based servers for OpenVOS applications.

VOS was originally released in 1982. While most of its contemporaries have fallen out of use, VOS-based applications are running today in securities trading, electronic card processing and authorization, manufacturing, gaming, telecommunications and other industries. Its reliability and Stratus’ dedication to staying abreast of new technology ensure VOS’ place of prominence in data centers around the world.

“The VOS operating system is very much alive and well and running the highest value, most critical business applications for Stratus customers around the world,” said Stratus Chief Marketing Officer Roy Sanford. “If anyone needs to ask what sort of company Stratus is, whether it can always be relied on without exception, they need only look at VOS for their answer. Stratus’ position as the industry’s uptime assurance leader is very much wrapped up with its evolution and all that it has engendered.”

The new Kona for OpenVOS is based on Oracle’s OpenJDK. This powerful programming language further demonstrates Stratus’ commitment to providing open programming languages and tools for OpenVOS. Kona is provided with all OpenVOS 17.1 systems at no additional cost, and there is no service maintenance fee.

Also new in OpenVOS 17.1 is support for Dynamic Linked Libraries (DLL). This feature allows OpenVOS programmers to use shared program libraries at runtime. In conjunction, Stratus is also changing a number of Open Source layered products to adopt this shared programming model. Coincident with the OpenVOS 17.1 release, Apache with PHP and MySQL are being released using DLL in place of static-built executables. These programs have also been updated to the latest code base.

V Series with Quad Core

With OpenVOS 17.1, Stratus Technologies announced the V2204, V4408, and V6408 ftServer V Series fault-tolerant servers. These are rack-optimized, enterprise-class 4-core or 8-core SMP servers based on Intel Xeon quad-core 2.00GHz and 2.93GHz processors, depending on the model. Designed for data center environments that require maximum computing power for complex business-critical applications, the new models deliver significantly improved performance compared to the previous generation; the high-end V6408, for example, runs 26 percent faster than the predecessor V6308 system.

The new server family comes standard with OpenVOS version 17.1. OpenVOS 17.1 is a unified release of VOS that will be factory-installed on all four generations of V Series hardware; first generation (1G) – V100, V200, V400; second generation (2G) – V150, V250, V300, V500; third generation (3G) – V2302, V4304, V6308; and now the fourth generation (4G) – V2404, V4408, and V6408.

All software and hardware products are available for immediate order.