Microsoft has released the beta version of phase two of its Wolfpack clustering software to the other members of the pack, but differences remain over which application software will run on the platform.
Paul Davey, European NT manager at Tandem, said the hubbub last February over which algorithms were to be used in Wolfpack had died down.
?Microsoft wanted some cluster-aware tools and we provided Serverware,? he said. ?Microsoft has paid us to port our proprietary software [to Wolfpack].?
He said most of Tandem?s blue chip customers were wary of shifting their businesses to NT without reassurances that their mission critical applications would run. Under those circumstances, many preferred to stay with midrange options, he claimed.
Application vendors, he said, were still waiting to port their applications to the Wolfpack standard. He claimed the one exception was Oracle.
?Oracle is coming up with its Open Parallel Server over four nodes,? he claimed. ?OPS does not use Wolfpack and they?ve gone for their own proprietary clustering technology.?
But Davey?s comments were gainsaid by Oracle at its Vienna conference at the beginning of last week. Then, officials said that Oracle supported the up-and-coming Microsoft Wolfpack standard.
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