Alliance: Marathon and Kepware bolster communications offering

10 April 2008

Kepware Technologies has joined forces with Marathon Technologies in a move claimed to benefit the companies’ joint customers. The Alliance Partnership was set up with the purpose of validating Portland, America based Kepware’s KEPServerEX on Marathon’s everRun HA and everRun FT software.

The latest generation of Kepware's technology, KEPServerEX was designed to allow users to quickly set up communications from equipment to control systems via a range of available ‘plug-in’ device drivers and components. KEPServerEX delivers over 130 protocols and connectivity to thousands of devices, and has set the standard in the support of OPC Technology for Data Access. KEPServerEX has been tested with Marathon Technologies High Availability software platforms and will continue to be supported on those platforms.

Tony Paine, Executive VP and CTO of Kepware, said: ‘Marathon Technologies is one of the leading suppliers of high availability computing environments.

‘We have many customers today using our products on Marathon Technologies platforms. We want to make sure our joint customers can rely on both of our companies working together to maintain a relationship, and deliver a high quality solution with the highest reliability.’

Joost Verhofstad, business development manager for Marathon, described Kepware as ‘the leading communications company in automation’.

‘Most of our partners either resell or recommend Kepware's products as part of their solutions,’ he said. ‘Our partnership will ensure Kepware stays abreast of our latest developments, and that our joint customers and partners will have access to the best possible communications solutions.’

Craig Resnick, research director, ARC Advisory Group, said: ‘Manufacturers who deploy automated, fault-tolerant availability and disaster recovery software solutions require the same level of integrity of their communication solutions. That is why it is critical that Marathon offer a communication solution that has been validated to perform with their everRun HA and everRun FT products to ensure manufacturers continuity of operations. Marathon's validation of the Kepware's KEPServerEX solution should provide manufacturers with a high level of confidence of the integrity of their communication solutions.’

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