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sendmail.net: VA Does Clusters Good

Feb 18, 2000, 00:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"How many servers is too many servers? With the right tools, the sky's the limit - which makes manageability a hot topic among network administrators trying to deal with overpopulated server rooms and patchwork networks. The public beta release of VACM 2.0, the new version of VA's cluster management software, may make their lives easier.

Wednesday's joint announcement by VA Linux, Intel, and SGI of the VACM 2.0 beta underscored the reasons manageability is such a potent buzzword in IT today. People really want it, says San Mehat, senior engineer and lead VACM developer for VA Linux Systems, noting the challenge of administering an increasingly hetereogenous sprawl of devices and services. In that sense, VACM 2.0, pitched primarily as a tool for remote management of large numbers of Linux servers, will certainly be welcome. But while Mehat himself is best known for his work on clustering, he points out that the possible applications of the new VACM release aren't limited to the Beowulf-style compute-farm installations that get the lion's share of press attention. 'VACM has morphed from version 1.0,' Mehat emphasizes, and the new version provides the basis for 'glass-house consolidation' initiatives designed to simplify the administration of heterogeneous networks."

"Perhaps most exciting, decades of experience with network and service management are now being translated into open-source deliverables that seem on the verge of taking off the way software like sendmail and Apache has done already. One sign of this trend that figured in Wednesday's announcement was the news that SGI is contributing its 'Hoover' client-side graphical user interface to VACM 2.0."

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