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NetworkWorld: Off-the-shelf Linux clustering

Jul 25, 2000, 00:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Linux clustering is not a new concept. Beowulf clustering technology - the standard open source clustering system for Linux - was developed 6 years ago by a NASA laboratory to create a large, robust "virtual machine" by linking Linux systems together. ... However... Linux was new to enterprise network managers, and a cluster of Linux machines running a company's most important systems may have seemed too risky an implementation."

"Today, several vendors are working to make clusters of Linux servers more common in corporate and e-commerce networks by providing comprehensive hardware/software packages that come as close as possible to a turn-key Linux clustering solution."

"VA Linux Systems offers its ClusterCity Linux product, which consists of the company's popular Linux-based server hardware, Beowulf-based ClusterCity clustering software, and VA Cluster Management (VACM) software. ... A relative newcomer to the Linux clustering market is Linux NetworX, which offers users different options for putting together a Linux cluster. ... For more open - albeit lower scale - clustering technology solutions, check out those recently announced by Mission Critical Linux (MCL) and SteelEye Technology.."

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