Informix plans to integrate the clustering technology, currently only available with its XPS parallel database, into other members of its product family.
The database supplier also intends to port XPS to Windows NT, adding support for Microsoft?s Wolfpack clustering technology. The beta programme is expected to start next quarter, with shipment scheduled for the third quarter, at the same time Microsoft is due to release Wolfpack.
Terry Lawlor, Informix?s technical marketing manager, said: ?One of the current problems with NT is that it offers limited scalability on a single machine beyond four processors, but with XPS and Wolfpack, it?ll be able to work over 12 nodes, which makes it much more suitable for data warehouses and the like.?
But, Lawlor added that it was not as easy as it would seem to support Wolfpack - it was not just a case of having an NT box and dropping XPS on to it.
?Each hardware vendor has its own cluster management and high availability software and the database has to tie in. As a result, as a database supplier, you have to port to each OEMs machines to deliver performance,? he said.
Informix will focus on large Intel-based suppliers such as Compaq and Dell in the first release of the product, and may follow with an NT-on-Digital Alpha port if demand is high enough.
At the same time, it will also allow users to buy single-node versions of XPS for the first time. XPS is optimised for decision support and the data warehousing market, but currently, if users want access to this functionality, they have to buy multinode versions.
The vendor also plans to add both Unix and NT clustering support to other members of its product family by next year, including Universal Server and its Online Workgroup Server for the departmental space.It is also looking at the appropriateness of adding its single user, NT Workstation-based Online Workstation to the list.
* From the summer, Informix will synchronise the release of its Windows NT-based database offerings with its Unix ones. Windows NT is now a tier one port for the supplier.
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