Fault tolerant specialist Tandem Computer Corp demonstrated a Unix version of its Servernet cluster technology this week which will compete with Microsoft?s Wolfpack NT clustering initiative.
The company demonstrated the technology code-named ?Eclipse?, at the Unix Computing Forum in Houston running a cluster of six Servernet technology enabled Compaq Proliant 2500 and 5000 servers on SCO Unixware. According to Compaq it was the first demonstration ever of a more than two server Compaq cluster.
Tandem said it wouldn?t ship a product based on Eclipse till early 1998 but stated its intent to bring the technology to the Unix system telecommunications market. It also has plans to port Eclipse to other Unix systems.
Microsoft?s Wolfpack technology is due out in the third quarter of this year but vendors have been showing signs of dissension in their support for the initiative.Compaq turned tail this week when it announced it would introduce an 8-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server. Earlier in the year officials at the company said that Compaq would not produce systems with more than 4 processors because Microsoft Wolfpack would fill the gap when it was released.
Meanwhile Santa Crux Operation (SCO) has also announced a Unix clustering solution, SCO Reliant HA for Intel server platforms. The solution will be available from SCO OEMs and systems integrators starting this month, priced at $4000 per node for a 1-4 CPU machine and $10,000 per node for machines with more than four nodes.
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