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ComputerWorld: Linux Web Server Clusters Emerge

Aug 16, 1999, 18:42 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"Products introduce high-availability features at comparatively low cost"

"Clustering will make Linux Web servers more reliable, but even vendors acknowledged that Linux might need years to achieve the full clustering capabilities of its big Unix brothers."

"...TurboLinux Inc. is bringing high-availability cluster traits like load balancing and fail-over to basic Web serving, said Dan Birchall, a beta tester of the company's TurboCluster technology at Web hoster Digital Facilities Management Inc. in Haddonfield, N.J. Birchall implemented a cluster that he said has performed well and cost about $7,500 compared with a $75,000 commercial Unix cluster.

A prototype of a Linux Web serving cluster from SGI and clustering vendor Veritas Software Corp. in Mountain View, Calif., attracted the attention of Tony Ten Broeck, a Unix systems administrator at The Money Store Inc. in Sacramento, Calif. The vendors showed a prototype of a Linux Web serving cluster. Ten Broeck said the Linux system would be a viable choice for Web serving..."

"Veritas, meanwhile, isn't sure whether it will release its clustering software for Linux because it's uncertain whether there's a big enough market among enterprise users..."

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