It was VMware's party, but Marathon Technologies won the "Best of VMworld Award" in the New Technology category for its everRun software integration for XenSource's open source XenEnterprise hypervisor at the industry's premier virtualization event this week in San Francisco.
Marathon, headquartered in Littleton, Mass., provides automated, fault tolerant-class availability solutions for virtual and physical environments. Marathon's v-Available software, designed to protect reliable protection for critical virtual workloads on x86 servers, is integrated through the vendor's everRun fault tolerant technology with leading open source hypervisor developer XenSource's XenEnterprise v4.
"It was a little surprising, but welcome," said Marathon CEO Gary Phillips of the award. His company was happy to accept the TechTarget-sponsored award in the New Technology category, though Marathon "has been shipping a product since January 2004 based on a virtualization architecture," he said.
"We're able to provide continuous availability, in such a way that it's transparent to the application, and everything's automated so it installs in hours. A good portion of our customers are SMBs, so they're very compelled by the fact that it's plug and play," said Phillips, who described his partner base as "100 percent channel."