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The Register: SCO, Compaq ServerNet-less clusters

Jun 26, 2000, 19:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"The Santa Cruz Operation is introducing a version of Non Stop Clusters for Intel boxes that doesn't need Compaq's proprietary ServerNet interconnects. ... SCO does recommend that larger configurations than two nodes ought to use ServerNet switches. ... By the end of the year UnixWare NSC will support up to 16 nodes (128 CPUs) and Gigabit Ethernet."

"Despite some slips in its roadmap, UnixWare remains way ahead of other Intel clusters. Microsoft looks like leaving Wolfpack, aka Microsoft Cluster Server, where it is on the mortuary slab, and joining Sun in an SMP scaling race. Windows 2000 DataCenter Edition will scale to two or four nodes. This isn't the heady stuff it was promising four or five years ago. What's worse is that Oracle has no intention of producing a cluster-aware database for Windows 2000, and Microsoft's own applications are only just getting round to be cluster aware, and only in parts."

"Open source Linux clustering for real database and TP jobs abounds, with SGI and SuSE co-ordinating work on porting SGI's FailSafe to Linux. And work on a shared-everything, VAX-like distributed lock manager should bear fruit towards the end of the year. This will eventually be the lynchpin for cluster file systems, unless FailSafe - which is also based on a DLM - hasn't scooped up the mindshare by then."

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