Microsoft?s Wolfpack clustering software has been delayed for the second time this year and is not now expected until early autumn.
Spokespeople at the company's Redmond headquarters officially insist that Wolfpack is on track for release by the end of June but technology partners like Hewlett-Packard and NCR say that they don?t expect Microsoft to make Wolfpack commercially available until some time in the third quarter.
?Unofficially Microsoft has told us it is going to be delayed,? an executive from one PC vendor said.
News of the delay follows a period of unease last month between the seven members of the Wolfpack supporters' grup, Digital, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Tandem, Compaq and Intel. Tandem accused Digital of selling the clustering system before phase one was even released while Compaq blew fire at Microsoft for working too closely with Digital. Although 99 per cent of Wolfpack code is Microsoft code, algorithms have been contributed by many companies and the gang of seven are supposed to coordinate in testing the software.
The fuss, coupled with the delays, could give clustering solutions from other major vendors the opportunity to become standard. Many vendors have lost patience waiting for Wolfpack, already delayed by six months. Data General, for example, announced last month that it had ported its Guardware clustered Unix failover software to its Aviion NT line of servers rather than wait for Wolfpack. Digital, IBM and Novell all have their own competing technologies in various stages of development and marketing.
Wolfpack also faces increased pressure from ramped-up parallel processing technologies that can run NT. Last month ALR and Unisys released six-way Pentium Pro boxes and Axil, a subsidiary of Hyundai, plans to ship eight-way boxes shortly.
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