Sunsoft claims it has finally come up with its answer to Microsoft's Wolfpack clustering technology, with a roadmap for its own Full Moon project.
The two-year roadmap outlines the strategy of Sun's software division for clustering Sparc and Intel servers running the Solaris Unix operating system. The aim is to offer clustering over 16 or more nodes by 2000.
Ed Cowger, senior analyst at Datapro said the roadmap is Sun?s answer to Microsoft?s Wintel-based Wolfpack clustering solution. ?Sun has been lagging behind the rest of the industry in clustering and is now playing catch up," he said. "Right now, Sun is limited to two-node clustering and only plans to deliver four nodes with file sharing, which other vendors offer already, by the end of the year.?
Phase one of Full Moon will be released next month in version 1.3 of the company?s Solstice High Availability software. Aimed at Internet and database servers, the software will offer application programming interfaces for two-node fail-over systems.
In phase two, due out before the end of 1997, the company plans to move to four-node clustering with software that will let administrators monitor all the clusters on the network from a Java-based browser.
Cowger believes Sun?s Java capabilities are well ahead of the competition in this area. ?They have already integrated Java into their two-node clustering solutions,? he said.
In the third phase of Full Moon, to come out in 1998, Sun hopes to produce eight-node clustering and a global file system designed to let applications access any file on the cluster using a single API.
The fourth and final phase, slated for 1999, will offer unlimited nodes and Global Process Management, which gives users a single view of processes on all nodes.
?Our overall strategy is to make cluster systems look just as if they are single computers,? said Solaris product marketing manager Julian Lamberg. ?With the global cluster file system, users won?t need to change applications to make them aware of the cluster.?
According to Cowger, Sun has a good chance of catching up in the clustering arena but he added: ?It's hard to say what other vendors will do in the mean time. I would like to see more evidence of how they are going to integrate clustering into their high end Starfire product.?
Prices for Solaris HA 1.3, which will be available this April, will start from $5,000 per node.
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