Wolf Mountain Group, the spin-off company recently set up by two ex-Novell clustering engineers, will release details of its first product, Tapestry, next week.
The company (see previous story) claims it has come up with an entirely new architecture and product derived from Novell?s Wolf Mountain clustering software, one that will let users create multivendor, multi-operating system clusters.
Officials at the company - with which Novell claims to have a friendly relationship - say they intend to go after a space larger than Novell?s Netware market. ?We just don?t perceive that the current project Novell is working on is going to have large enough market coverage,? Jeff Merkey, chief executive officer at Wolf Mountain Group, said this week in an interview with US reporters.
According to Merkey, Tapestry will help users create clusters of up to 200 servers or 800 processors. In the long term, he hopes the product will allow clustering on Intel servers running Intranetware, NT and Unix.
Novell first demonstrated Wolf Mountain clustering at its Brainshare developer?s conference last month but the industry is unlikely to see products until the second half of next year.
Novell chief executive Eric Schmidt is said to be in negotiations already to buy back the Wolf Mountain Group. Merkey, formerly chief architect of Novell's clustering technology, left the company alongside his partner Darren Major, now chief operating officer at the new unit. Other members of the management team include Larry Angus, also an ex-member of Novell?s Wolf Mountain project.
They claim the new product uses none of the original sourcecode from Novell?s Wolf Mountain technology.
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