IBM underlined its commitment to Ecommerce last week with the announcement of server clustering for the RS/6000 and AS/400 ranges.
The servers target smaller companies that want to enter the electronic commerce arena, which IBM refers to as Ebusiness.
IBM detailed the new RS/6000 HA50 cluster, capable of linking between two and four servers each running four PowerPC 604e processors. Clustering failover is managed by IBM's High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing software.
IBM also launched the AS/400e S20 and S30 cluster applications, for linking up to four AS/400 nodes via ATM, Ethernet, or Token Ring.
To begin with, the packages will only offer Unix clusters but IBM has promised that it will release software for centralised management of both NT and Unix clusters within a year, after which the company will 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.
"On the Net, if your server is down you're out of business," explained Bill Zeitler, IBM server brand marketing manager. "As more and more businesses move to Ebusiness, highly available, scalable, enterprise servers are no longer a luxury, they're an imperative."
No UK shipping dates or prices were announced.
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