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IT Manager's Journal: Straight Talk On Building a Linux Enterprise Cluster with Open Source Tools

Oct 31, 2004, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth M. Ferrarini)

"When Karl Kopper joined United National Foods in Auburn, Calif. as an IT consultant, he had his work cut out for him. The company's solitary server was going down every day to the tune of $1,000 a minute in lost revenue. End users would often complain about the system's slow response time. He says, 'Because we couldn't print the forms for the warehouse people to select the products to be put on the truck, we'd have dozens of truck drivers sitting in the break room each day for more than 10 minutes.'

"Kopper set about to build a Linux enterprise cluster which would provide high availability, system failover in the event the main server failed, and eliminate any processing bottlenecks..."

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