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Marathon Technologies Delivers 99.999% Availability to the Wireless Industry Through WAP Forum Membership

Company Demonstrates Commitment to De Facto Standard in Wireless Communications

BOXBOROUGH, Mass., USA July 17, 2000 Marathon Technologies Corporation, the developer and supplier of Assured Availability solutions for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system, today announced that it has joined the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum, a consortium of companies dedicated to developing world standards for wireless information and telephony services. The primary goal of the WAP Forum is to bring together companies from all segments of the wireless industry value chain to ensure product interoperability and growth of the wireless market.
WAP has rapidly become the global standard for the presentation and delivery of information to the mobile and wireless marketplace, states Craig Jon Anderson, senior director of marketing for Marathon Technologies. With Marathon as a member, companies can trust their critical wireless applications with Marathon Assured Availability solutions and achieve 99.999% availability.
WAP has become the worldwide standard for providing Internet communications and advanced telephony services on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless terminals. Those that benefit from WAP include carriers, manufacturers, content providers, tool manufacturers, developers and consumers.
As predicted by IDC, all digital cellular / PCS phones shipped worldwide will be WAP-capable by mid-2001, says Scott Goldman, CEO of the WAP Forum. Therefore, uptime will be a significant issue in this explosive market, and we warmly welcome Marathon to join the WAP Forum members who are there to address that issue, protecting day-to-day operations and activities.
Marathon Endurance products protect businesses from the costs and consequences of business-critical server downtime. Endurance provides nonstop processing, continuous data access, uninterrupted connectivity, disaster tolerance, and constant performance. With the Load n GoŌ feature, customers simply use shrink-wrapped application software and off-the-shelf Windows server operating systems, eliminating additional costly programming expenses. Using standard server components, Marathons patented ComputeThruŌ technology continues computing through all component failures and hot swaps. The No Touch RecoveryŌ feature automatically assimilates new components into the array, restoring full redundancy, without operator intervention. The entire process takes place transparently to users.
The WAP Forum is the industry association that is responsible for developing and fostering the growth of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) ¾ an open, global standard that allows mobile users of wireless hand-held devices to easily and instantly access and interact with the Internet. The forum is comprised of more than 500 members, representing 95 percent of the handsets sold worldwide and more than 200 million global subscribers. Members include worldwide handset manufacturers, carriers, infrastructure providers, software developers and other wireless solution providers. For more information about WAP Forum, including a current listing of its members, visit www.wapforum.org.
Marathon Technologies Corporation is the only provider of 99.999% uptime for Intel-based servers running off-the-shelf Microsoft Windows operating systems and shrink-wrapped application software. Marathon delivers Assured Availability solutions for business-critical applications and databases. Enterprises worldwide in e-business, application service providers (ASPs), financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, public safety, and other industries entrust their high value applications and networks to Marathon products. Marathon is a privately held corporation based in Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA, with additional offices in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Switzerland. For additional information, call + 1 978 266 9999 or visit online at www.marathontechnologies.com.