Start-Up Targets Improved Online Application Delivery

Arthur Cole

More and more applications are being delivered online, putting greater pressure on providers to maintain the kinds of performance levels that users have grown accustomed to with their enterprise or even local applications.

A company called Schooner Information Technology is looking to capitalize on that trend with a new set of data access appliances designed to speed up the delivery of Web-scale applications.

The Schooner Appliance for MySQL Enterprise and the Schooner Appliance for Memcached, developed in conjunction with IBM, are said to offer an eight-fold performance boost for those two applications even while using barely 12 percent of the power and taking up a smaller footprint than the standard rack of eight or so commodity servers that typically house them.

The device, which still runs a cool $45,000, holds the new Xeon 5500 processors, 512 GB of memory, and either 1 or 10 GbE ports in a 2 RU form factor.

The company is banking on interest from online providers like Google and Facebook, as well as general enterprises looking to provide information online.

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