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Linux Magazine: Build Big with TurboCluster 4.0

Jul 08, 2000, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)

"TurboLinux's TurboCluster Server 4.0 supports clusters that exceed 25 servers and provides an affordable and scalable Internet-server solution. It's a one-box solution that includes both management tools and a copy of Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc.'s EnlightenDSM cross-platform cluster-management suite."

"TurboCluster is not a generalized clustering system. Instead it restricts itself to IP forwarding, which works well for Web-based servers such as the Apache Web server, SMTP, POP and IMAP mail servers, FTP servers, and news servers. TurboCluster uses a fast, kernel-based Advanced Traffic Manager (ATM) that reroutes IP traffic to the appropriate computer in the cluster. Load balancing consists of distributing these requests among servers within a cluster. The servers respond directly to the sender when the forwarded request is received, which helps minimize network traffic."

"TurboCluster does not provide clustered application support, whereby programs running on several servers are managed by a transaction monitor that provides advanced features like transaction-level failovers and rollbacks. That type of support is needed for Linux to attract the more sophisticated Web applications that are now being developed for other platforms."

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