This Server Outlasts Two Presidents

Stratus Technologies Inc. -- the fault-tolerant server maker formerly known as Stratus Computer -- celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. To mark the milestone, the company held a contest to identify the Stratus servers that have been humming away the longest, and those with the least unplanned downtime.

The winner for longevity was a Stratus server at Double Eagle Steel Coating Co. that has been running ERP applications for 17 years. It was installed in 1993, the year Bill Clinton was first sworn in as U.S. president. "Around Y2K, we thought it might be time to update the hardware, but we just didn't get around to it," said IT engineer Phil Hogan, in a statement.

Insurer Highmark Inc. took the uptime title with a Stratus server that has operated with no unplanned downtime since February 2001 -- and hasn't even been rebooted in more than four years. Highmark's server processed 170 million electronic claims submissions from doctors and hospitals last year.

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