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Dell: Examining Open Source Software on the Dell PowerEdge 1655MC Server Blade

Jul 31, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Jaffe)

"The development of Linux and other open source software components now allows IT departments to build enterprise applications on low-cost, robust software. One such application platform, known as LAMP (for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), consists of an Apache Web server running the PHP version 4 (PHP4) application server and driving a MySQL back-end database-all running on the Linux operating system. Multiple blades that can be easily deployed using a specific application make the PowerEdge 1655MC well suited to run such open source application stacks.

"In this study, a Dell team brought up a publicly available database of baseball statistics on a MySQL replication cluster running on four blades (one master and three slaves). On two other blades, the team implemented a Web application to generate sets of Top 10 lists of 20 different baseball statistics from the database. Results showed that the clustered database could handle 400 simultaneous users issuing Top 10 queries through the Web servers..."

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