IT Manager’s Journal: Straight Talk On Building a Linux Enterprise Cluster with Open Source Tools

“When Karl Kopper joined United National Foods in Auburn, Calif.
as an IT consultant, he had his work cut out for him. The company’s
solitary server was going down every day to the tune of $1,000 a
minute in lost revenue. End users would often complain about the
system’s slow response time. He says, ‘Because we couldn’t print
the forms for the warehouse people to select the products to be put
on the truck, we’d have dozens of truck drivers sitting in the
break room each day for more than 10 minutes.’

“Kopper set about to build a Linux enterprise cluster which
would provide high availability, system failover in the event the
main server failed, and eliminate any processing