"Right away, we noticed that there were many things
that were "missing" if we wanted to run this in a real "mission
critical" environment, since all our systems had to be 5 nine's
(given our enterprise-class client base).
"So, we took to writing a few components like multi-path I/O and
dynamic partitioning, which we contributed back to the community.
Of course, during that time we developed some close engineering
ties with the folks at Red Hat and SUSE.
"We then went on to our first LinuxWorld conference (I think it
was 2003) where we demonstrated a 32x ES7000 running Linux in a
two-partition environment (as two 16x machines)
"We fired up a kernel compile and the system automatically
sucked in unused processors from the idle partition to speed up the
compile. It was a fantastic demonstration of real dynamic partition
of processors at a time when you could only do that in a