Citrix and Marathon Technologies announced today an expanded partnership to more tightly integrate Marathon’s everRun solution with Citrix XenServer .

 High Availability Provider

As part of the enhanced alliance, Marathon is a preferred high availability partner and its everRun family of software is one of the first Citrix Ready high availability solutions for Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenApp. Citrix and Marathon will market their integrated solutions globally through both channel and customer marketing programs.

Tighter Integration = Simplified High Availability

The companies will work to deliver seamless integration of Citrix XenServer and everRun VM. The benefits of this tight integration for IT professionals include:

•    Single setup and installation. Currently administrators have to install Citrix XenServer and then install everRun VM. Although both can be installed in 30 minutes or less, the goal is to
provide a single setup for the integrated solution that can be performed in 15 minutes or less.
•    Seamless integration between different levels of availability. Administrators will be able to transparently select availability levels from XenServer or everRun VM.
•    Integration of management consoles. The everRun Availability Center (eAC) will be available from the XenServer Management console to provide IT administrators with simplified availability management.

Read more at the press release.

I have been impressed with Marathon’s solution for quite a while, and have blogged about it several times. The most recent post included several links to YouTube video demos of both their XenServer solution and their XenApp solution. Read it here. You can read my interview with Jerry Melnick, the CTO of Marathon technologies, here.

Marathon Technologies is a sponsor of Citrix Synergy, so you will be able to see this solution in person at the event. Click here to register for Citrix Synergy.