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NetworkWorld: Ports and clusters

Aug 16, 2000, 20:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"TurboLinux, one of the leaders in Linux clustering, and Red Hat, one of the most widely ported Linux distributions, each made announcements recently that would seem more likely to have come from the other vendor: TurboLinux ported to the 64-bit Alpha processor, and Red Hat announced its first clustering product."

"TurboLinux last week announced its TurboLinux distribution for the Alpha, bringing the total Linux ports for the high-performance Alpha server/workstation platform to six (previous ports include Red Hat, Mandrake, Debian, SuSE and RockLinux). By porting to the Alpha, TurboLinux hopes to market its new Linux distribution towards ISPs, financial-related businesses and movie studios. These three markets are being targeted, the company says, because the combination of the Linux and Alpha platforms can address ISPs' needs for high reliability, financial institutions' needs for intense computational applications, and the movie industry's need for extremely high-resolution graphics rendering.

"Red Hat recently jumped into a new game as well, with the release of Red Hat High Availability Server 1.0. The new server software is a variation on the Red Hat distribution that allows an unlimited number of nodes to be clustered together, using standard, off-the-shelf PC server and networking hardware. The software is intended for high-availability systems, such as Web servers, VPN gateways, ftp servers, or as an application or database server for mission-critical e-commerce or enterprise applications."

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