The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) will start shipping its Unixware 7 Nonstop Clusters software next week and provide a range of professional services to help businesses implement the technology.
The shared memory software is based on Compaq’s Tandem unit’s offering and was jointly developed with Compaq to make it channel ready. It provides a single system image, failover, load balancing and active process migration and enables users to run their existing Unixware applications unchanged on a clustered system.
The offering also supports up to 12 nodes, although 16 node support is due to follow in the next release, and has built in cross node mirroring. It supports fibre channel and multi initiator SCSI storage subsystems, but support for Ethernet and the VI Architecture are also scheduled to follow as is support for SCO’s Webtop interface to enable administrators to manage systems over the Internet.
Dave McCrabb, SCO’s executive vice president of worldwide sales, said at the SCO Forum user group conference in Santa Cruz on Tuesday: “Nonstop clustering is a great opportunity for us to move into the enterprise with Unixware 7 Data Centre Edition. It’s technology for businesses of all sizes because the Internet has created new ways of thinking about how to deploy systems, and high availability and reliability is now necessary for everyone.”
He added: “This is key technology for SCO and the answer is Nonstop Clusters nomatter what the question is. It wasn’t a volume market, but by creating this, we create an opportunity and it’s the start of what will be the platform for building ebusiness applications.”
SCO will also provide three services bundles to help its customers introduce the technology into their businesses. These will include cluster analysis, which includes an audit to help users determine their clustering needs, cluster deployment design, and application optimisation to enable customers to maximise the performance of their packages.
But Compaq has also introduced two to six node clusters of tower or rack mounted Proliant machines for SCO Unixware 7, which also includes the software. The boxes will be sold through the hardware supplier’s channel, but the software will be provided by SCO and customers will receive services via their resellers or Compaq’s Carepaq offerings.
Compaq will also offer two to 12 node rackmounted Nonstop Integrity XC clusters, which it will sell directly and aim at more complex projects, although the clustering software is the same.
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