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NetworkWorld: Big boys give Linux push toward enterprise

Aug 21, 2000, 19:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Big announcements and large attendance signaled to the world that Linux may have come of age at the fourth LinuxWorld Conference & Expo last week. ... Dell pledged to throw the weight of his $25 billion company behind the operating system and force hardware vendors to develop more Linux device drivers for internal and peripheral PC and server components."

"IBM announced a Linux cluster hardware/software package for high-availability Linux systems. IBM's Solution Series for Linux Clusters includes Netfinity servers running IBM's Linux Utility for Clusters, software that controls multiple servers as one logical node. The cluster package includes high-speed server interfaces from Myricom and Ethernet switches from Extreme Networks for connecting the cluster to a LAN. The package scales up to 64 nodes and supports Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux distributions."

"Also making Linux clustering announcements were Silicon Graphics, which announced its Iris FailSave failover clustering software for Linux; Mission Critical Linux, which debuted its Convolo Cluster, a two-node failover product for Linux on the IA64; and SuSE, which introduced SuSE Linux Professional Edition 7.0."

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