IBM announced a number of server packages in the US on Monday, designed to offer the greater reliability of clustered computers to smaller companies.
Initially packages will offer just Unix clusters. Within a year IBM said it planned to release software for centralised management of both NT and Unix clusters, after which it would try to more closely integrate applications running on the two operating systems.
Typical packages would then include a combination of NT servers running ecommerce applications and clustered RS/6000 Unix servers or AS/400s running database applications.
In conjunction with the new packages, IBM detailed the new RS/6000 HA50 cluster, capable of linking between two and four servers each running four PowerPC 604e processors. The clustering is managed by IBM's High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing software.
IBM also launched the AS/400e S20 and S30 cluster applications, which can link one to four AS/400 nodes via Ethernet, ATM or Token Ring.
"On the Net, if your server is down you're out of business. As more and more businesses move to e-business, highly available, scalable, enterprise servers are no longer a luxury, they're an imperative," said Bill Zeitler, IBM server brand marketing manager
No UK shipping dates or prices were announced.
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