Q&A: Stratus CEO looks to bring high availability to the masses

David Laurello sees opportunities to expand beyond Stratus' market niche

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For decades, Maynard, Mass.-based Stratus Technologies has earned high marks from customers for delivering fault-tolerant computing, with specially-architected servers and 24/7 monitoring services aimed at keeping business-critical apps up and running. But with the rollout of Stratus Avance - software that brings FT capabilities to standard servers - and the growing demands virtualization is putting on computing infrastructure, CEO David Laurello is pouncing on an opportunity to expand far beyond Stratus' existing market niche.

In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant spoke with Laurello about bringing high availability to the masses and how Stratus is aiming to become your cloud infrastructure provider.

Give us a brief overview of what Stratus does and what makes the company unique. Stratus provides the highest level of uptime assurance in the industry. Customers with the most business-critical or mission-critical applications choose us because we provide the highest level of uptime for those applications. Mission critical, business critical - our customers can directly relate downtime to lost revenue. We do this through a set of resilient technologies and unique, predictive and proactive availability monitoring.

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