DICE Corporation Safeguards Security Solutions with SteelEye Technology High Availability and Data Replication Solutions

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DICE's alarm monitoring customers quickly adopting high availability, failover, and data replication capabilities to better protect their own clients' residences and businesses

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DICE Corp has embraced the importance of assuring business continuity for themselves as well as their customers.

SteelEye Technology, Inc. (steeleye.com), a provider of award-winning data replication and application protection solutions for Virtual Servers, Linux and Windows, today announced that the DICE Corporation, a Bay City, Michigan-based company that creates integrated solutions for the residential and commercial security industry, is using SteelEye's LifeKeeper for Linux to assure high availability for its customers' security systems and own offsite facilities.

SteelEye's LifeKeeper for Linux is a software application that ensures the continuous availability of business-critical applications. LifeKeeper maintains the high availability of clustered Linux systems by monitoring system and application health, maintaining client connectivity and providing uninterrupted data access regardless of where clients reside - on the corporate Internet, intranet or extranet. SteelEye Data Replication is an industry-proven solution on Windows and Linux that provides dynamic, disk-level replication and continuous data protection across local and wide area networks.

DICE provides a comprehensive range of capabilities needed by security companies, integrated within a suite of software modules such as alarm monitoring, customer management, accounting and sales management and fleet monitoring.

The company also offers full-time hosting for those providers seeking to reduce the overhead in their businesses. In doing so, it acts as an Application Service Provider, offering remote hosting of any and all of its software products, including its Central Station Automation, Backoffice Utilities, and Service Management, as well as its web-based *eLink and Asset Tracking systems.

In both cases, assuring high availability (HA) is absolutely critical to the health of DICE's business and its clients' businesses as well.

"DICE Corp has embraced the importance of assuring business continuity for themselves as well as their customers." said Garrett Gafke, President and COO of SteelEye Technology, Inc. "The solutions from SteelEye improve both operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction while minimizing the cost associated with both planned and unplanned downtime and its impact on the core business. We are pleased to have worked with DICE on the delivery of their advanced offers."

Steve Senk, Hardware Support Manager for DICE, needed an HA provider that could not only operate on Linux, but that would work closely on a technical level with DICE to assure the implementation's success.

The DICE team launched a full test of the implementation, leveraging a government facility, and setting up Red Hat Linux along with LifeKeeper. Failover testing worked without any problems.

"LifeKeeper has a nice visual GUI, and it had a lot of similarities with the interface we were accustomed to with our previous HA solution - plus pricing was very comparable. Overall, the package was very appealing," noted Senk. "What's more, SteelEye provided us with all the training and support we needed to transition from assuring high availability on UNIX to doing it just as effectively for Linux."

The DICE team was able to migrate its entire platform to Linux with the assurance of high availability, using SteelEye LifeKeeper for Linux and SteelEye Data Replication.

"LifeKeeper integrated very well with our existing infrastructure and SteelEye provided excellent technical support and the precise level of guidance needed to get things up and running as swiftly as possible," noted Senk. "What's more, with SteelEye's support, we've been able to continue to meet the quickly growing demand that we've experienced from our client base."

Since adding LifeKeeper support, hundreds of clients have signed on for DICE's failover service, with over 50 installations in place within DICE's facilities.

"LifeKeeper has opened up new revenue opportunities for DICE by expanding the range of solutions we can offer our existing customers," added Senk. "Given the 'always-on-patrol' nature of the security business, high availability and data replication are two capabilities companies are increasingly realizing they cannot do without."

About DICE Corporation:
DICE Corporation specializes in creating integrated central station monitoring software and accounting solutions for the security industry. Founded in 1983, DICE Corporation is privately held and operates on an international level with clients on six continents.

About the Data Replication:
SteelEye is the leading provider of data and application availability management solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery for Linux, Windows and virtual environments.

The SteelEye family of data replication, high availability clustering and disaster recovery solutions are priced and architected to enable enterprises of all sizes to ensure continuous availability of business-critical applications, servers and data.

To complement its software solutions, SteelEye also provides a full range of high availability consulting and professional services to assist organizations with the assessment, design and implementation of solutions for ensuring High Availability within their environments.

For more information, contact Bob Williamson at 843-532-0355.

SteelEye is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SIOS Technology, Inc., (sios.com/English/index.html) listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange under 3744.


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