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CNET News.com: Compaq adds Steeleye clustering software to Linux servers

Jan 30, 2001, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Clustering software lets one computer take over for another automatically if the primary machine fails. SteelEye's software extends this "failover" ability to include some higher-end Compaq storage devices as well, said Boris Geller, SteelEye's vice president of marketing."

"Clustering is a key high-end software feature required before some customers entrust important tasks to Linux machines. Clustering has been available for years on Unix systems, Microsoft is gradually improving its offerings, and Linux companies such as Red Hat, Caldera Systems, Turbolinux and Mission Critical Linux are working to improve their own Linux clustering options."

"Compaq, though, has its own NonStop clustering software product derived from the extensive high-end Unix, OpenVMS and Tandem computer lines. Eventually, Compaq will make this software available for Linux as well, said Judy Chavis, manager of Compaq's Linux Program Office."

"The clustering deal with SteelEye certifies that software will run on Compaq's Intel-based ProLiant servers, Chavis said. In the future, Compaq will evaluate options for pre-installing the software or setting up ties with Compaq computer resellers to make the software a more standard option."

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