"Mission Critical Linux, Inc., the cutting-edge Linux products
and services company, has become the first to port Linux HA
clustering technology to Intel's IA-64 architecture. Utilizing
a Convolo Cluster built on Open Source Kimberlite technology
developed by Mission Critical Linux, high availability is provided
to applications such as the Open Source MySQL database and Apache
web servers running on IA-64. The combined system is being
demonstrated in the Intel Booth (#1044) at LinuxWorld San Jose and
at several other upcoming industry events, including the Intel
Developers Forum August 22-24 in San Jose. Implemented as a
back-end HA system for dynamic data, the IA-64/Convolo Cluster is
seamlessly integrated with an IA-32 Intel web server farm."
"The porting of our clustering capabilities to IA-64 is
attracting significant industry interest," said Brian Stevens, Vice
President of Internet Strategy at Mission Critical Linux. "The
combined technology creates a powerful solution for achieving high
availability and raw computing power in high-end databases."
"The system being demonstrated uses a Convolo Cluster to
guarantee high availability for front-end, Intel-based servers. The
redundant web servers access the main databases through a two-node
cluster configuration that uses RAID-protected shared storage disks
to ensure the integrity of dynamic data during transactions. The
cluster server nodes, which are connected to a shared RAID storage
controller, keep track of all dynamic data entering the databases;
when one node shuts down or fails, the other node accesses the disk
and uses transaction logs to recover the database and continue
operation. By leveraging advanced Kimberlite technology, the
Convolo Cluster can match the performance of proprietary cluster
systems in providing high availability without data corruption in
enterprise computing environments."
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