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Network World: Novell plans to outcluster Windows NT

Sep 11, 1999, 01:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deni Connor)

"NetWare Cluster Services for NetWare 5 will ship by the end of September. It might slow the migration of high-availability applications to Windows NT. Previously codenamed Orion II, the software is one of the first clustering products on the Intel platform to support more than two server nodes.

NetWare Cluster Services has been tested on clusters of up to eight 4-processor servers and will support as many as 32 clustered servers in the future. Microsoft Cluster Server on NT, its competitor at present, supports two 4- or 8-processor servers and Windows 2000... DataCenter will support up to four 8-processor servers and will ship in the second quarter of 2000.

NetWare Cluster Services works with Novell Directory Services and any application software certified by Novell for NetWare 5."

"When a node in the cluster fails or is unavailable, any node can take over all the applications and resources of the failed node. Failures and recovery may occur automatically or manually as designated by the IT manager. Manual failovers are useful for maintenance and testing operations. When the failed node is available again, a mechanism called failback occurs.

In addition, servers using NetWare Cluster Services can be load-balanced. Load-balancing is a feature that is increasingly important as Web servers are clustered to speed access to the Internet, according to James Gruener, an analyst with the Aberdeen Group in Boston, Mass."

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