Ceryx Releases High Availability, Hosted Exchange 2007 Offering in the Wake of Data Center Failures

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Ceryx, the leading provider of secure and
reliable hosted and managed Microsoft(R) Exchange and messaging solutions,
today announced the release of their high availability Messaging solution
built on Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2008. With this release Ceryx will
be the first in the world to use this technology for clustering over a wide
area network, stretching from Toronto to New York.
    Ceryx, who operate data centers in both cities, have been providing their
replicated solution on Exchange 2003 to medium and large businesses since
2004. Microsoft Exchange data is replicated in real-time to the secondary
facility, providing 100% availability. In this recent release Ceryx is
continuing to enhance the reliability of this technology to address what they
see as major vulnerabilities in single data center deployments.
    "We operate on the premise that even the best data center can and will
experience failure due to circumstances beyond anyone's control," says
Dr. David Penny, CIO at Ceryx. "We focus our R&D on keeping the application
highly available and rely on our replication technology to mitigate the
vulnerabilities that exist on an individual data center level."
    In a recently released white paper, Ceryx examines numerous instances of
high-profile single data center failures over the past year. Failures
experienced by RackSpace, The Planet, Google and Pier 1 in Vancouver, to name
just a few, have caused extended outages with high costs to businesses running
mission-critical applications. The white paper entitled, "Force Majeure:
Understanding and Managing the Risk of Data Center Failure", cites numerous
reasons for these outages, including accidents and power-grid outages that
fall outside the control of individual data center operators.
    Through geographic clustering, using Microsoft Windows(R) Server 2008 and
native Microsoft Exchange 2007 CCR (Cluster Continuous Replication)
technology, Ceryx has been able to eliminate the reliance of redundant servers
on the same set of disks thereby eliminating a common single point of failure
and providing an extra layer of redundancy to their replicated solution.
    For Bill Fife, Director of Technology at Wholesale Electric,
high-availability was a critical consideration when selecting a Hosted
Exchange provider for its 300 employees. "A primary concern of ours,
especially since the devastating Hurricanes in 2005, has been to protect
messaging and ensure reliability during times of disaster. Since some of our
busiest times are immediately after natural disasters - when people are trying
to repair damage and restore electricity - any type of outage is simply
    Roger Smith, V.P. of Operations at Ceryx, feels there is a disconnect
between those executives demanding high availability and the commitment
required to deliver. "When you present the facts, it becomes clear to everyone
that an in-house data center couldn't possibly provide the levels of
redundancy required and even on a co-location level we would need redundancy."
    The white paper also examines other common reasons for outages, including
software failure, data corruption and other areas where redundancy either
didn't exist or failed. The recent software release by Ceryx continues to
refine their replication and clustering technology as it relates to the highly
complex Microsoft Exchange 2007 architecture.
    The paper concludes that the only way to ensure high availability for
mission critical applications is by utilizing replication over multiply data
centers. The white paper is available for download at

    About Ceryx Inc.

    For more information, visit www.ceryx.com/about/

For further information:

For further information: Gus Harsfai, Ceryx Inc., gus.harsfai@ceryx.com,
(416) 482-9659 ext. 101

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