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27th October 2004

SteelEye LifeKeeper keeps the news delivered around the clock

SteelEye LifeKeeper ensures high availability for media group’s SAP applications on 64-bit Linux

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Frankfurt, 27th October 2004 – SteelEye® LifeKeeper® for mySAP is being used to ensure high availability for critical financial and customer database applications in the installation of a new 64-bit Linux environment of a large Swiss multi-media group. It is the first time that LifeKeeper has been employed in a 64-bit Linux environment to protect mySAP applications.

St. Galler Tagblatt publishes a national daily broadsheet newspaper with eight provincial editions, and also operates a TV and radio station. In order to deliver news to its 239,000 newspaper and online readers, it required a means of ensuring 24/7 availability for the subscription database, supporting online services and central business financial applications.

The company’s head of IT Services, Erich Giesinger, says that LifeKeeper provides an excellent fit with its infrastructure and with the needs of a continuous business operation: “As with any news media organisation operating radio, TV, online and printed publications, we are broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That makes defining our objective quite straightforward: we have to ensure constant, around the clock services for our audiences.

“We are an innovative thinking company and look to use leading edge technology in new projects. We chose 64-bit for better processing power and Linux to consolidate the running costs of our IT systems. SteelEye’s LifeKeeper was the first to offer protection in this environment and because it does everything we need it to do, we’re extremely confident that our applications are safe.”

LifeKeeper for mySAP is installed on two IBM Itanium-based x-Series 64-bit servers, running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, ensuring continuous availability of St. Galler Tagblatt’s SAPDB 7.4.3 and SAP Release 4.6c applications. It provides administrators with the ability to monitor the entire application stack, high availability clustering and automated disaster recovery in a single, affordable solution.

Administrators can optionally failover components securely, efficiently and with minimal complexity. LifeKeeper also enables automatic monitoring and failover out-of-hours, when system administrators are not on duty.

John Banfield, EMEA Director, SteelEye Technology, Inc., said: “One of the drivers for deploying applications and databases on 64-bit Intel-based servers running Linux is the lower cost compared with proprietary RISC/UNIX servers. However, unless critical business applications running on those servers are properly protected, the potential price/performance benefit is lost to companies in the event of service failure.

“LifeKeeper eliminates that concern for SAP applications in a 64-bit Linux environment, which means St. Galler Tagblatt is receiving the full value of its infrastructure choice,” he added.

Computer Concept CC Computersysteme und Kommunikationstechnik GmbH is SteelEye’s distribution partner in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe and installed LifeKeeper at St. Galler Tagblatt. Dr. Mira Stranz, responsible for the high availability business line at Computer Concept, said: “This installation has proved very effective at protecting the customer’s SAP applications in its Linux environment. With SAP’s increasing popularity and the introduction of 64-bit Linux, LifeKeeper could bring benefits to many other customers in future.”

The SteelEye Competence and Support Center Central and Eastern Europe, based in Dresden, provide the support of the LifeKeeper installation. The consultants within the Competence and Support Center have many years of experience with LifeKeeper and are responsible for the presales, assessment and first level support.


Additional notes for editors
St. Galler Tagblatt’s SuSE Linux/IBM x-Series/mySAP/LifeKeeper infrastructure recently replaced HP servers running UNIX. In addition to the improved performance offered by 64-bit processing, a primary motivation behind the upgrade was to move away from proprietary technology towards open solutions like LifeKeeper. The company uses SAN technology for its data storage.

In addition to accounting and financial management, LifeKeeper protects access to the whole offline and online subscription databases, without which no newspapers could be delivered. The advertiser database is also protected, without which the company could not sell its daily advertising inventory.

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About SteelEye Technology
SteelEye is the leading provider of data and application availability management solutions to eliminate IT downtime.

The SteelEye LifeKeeper family of application-centric data replication, high availability clustering, and disaster recovery solutions are easy to deploy and operate, and enable organizations 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.

SteelEye products and services are available worldwide, and may be purchased directly from SteelEye or through its international network of reseller and systems integration partners. For more information, please visit

About St. Galler Tagblatt AG
St.Galler Tagblatt AG is East Switzerland's foremost media organisation. Founded in 1789, its core business is gathering, processing and redistributing news and information through its print and online media. The organisation's primary subject matter is politics, economics, sport, culture, education and lifestyle, with a particular emphasis on regional events. However, the organisation also reports, analyses and discusses world news through its comprehensive global news network.

Six hundred and fifty staff work across its flagship broadsheet newspaper, Tagblatt, its eight regional editions, and its many other newspapers, magazines, and radio stations. All titles also have an online presence.

For more information on St. Galler Tagblatt, visit

About SteelEye LifeKeeper
SteelEye LifeKeeper is the only business continuity solution on Linux and Windows platforms to provide data replication, high availability clustering and wide-area automated disaster recovery, in a single, scalable, affordable solution.

SteelEye LifeKeeper offers enterprise-grade reliability while simplifying implementation with certified support for a wide range of applications, databases, servers and storage options in Windows and Linux environments, including mySAP® Business Suite, Oracle®, DB2®, Microsoft® SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, LAMP, Rational ClearCase and WebCT.

A key benefit of the SteelEye LifeKeeper solution-set is the capacity to implement “scalable availability” - enabling organizations to implement an application-centric solution that meets their availability requirements today, while providing an integrated path to evolve as business, operational and application requirements change over time.

About Computer Concept Computersysteme und Kommunikationstechnik GmbH
Computer Concept CC Computersysteme und Kommunikationstechnik GmbH specializes in delivering high availability solutions that protect business-critical applications and services in small to large enterprise environments. With comprehensive IT experience gained from a wide range of customer projects, Computer Concept has the expertise to help customer and business partners achieve success in implementing high availability solutions.

In their Cluster Competence Center, Computer Concept has integrated a wide variety of hardware and software products, including SteelEye's premier enterprise-grade LifeKeeper software, to offer optimal high availability solutions. As a long-term certified partner of LifeKeeper, first with manufacturer NCR and now with SteelEye, Computer Concept has extensive experience in clustering applications and databases including SAP R/3, Oracle, DB2 and Informix. For more information about Computer Concept go to:

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