Penguin Computing taps former HP nonstop server exec

Penguin Computing has recruited the former manager of HP's nonstop server division, Pauline Nist, as its senior VP of product development and management.

The former manager of Hewlett-Packard's nonstop server division, Pauline Nist, has joined Penguin Computing, a vendor of high-availability and high-performance Linux systems based in San Francisco. Penguin owns Scyld Software, publisher of the Scyld Beowulf clustering software for the open-source Linux OS.

Nist has taken on the newly created role of senior vice president of product development and management at Penguin, the company announced Monday. She is responsible for the company's systems, clustering and software business lines, including hardware and software development, product management and marketing.

Nist was vice president and general manager of HP's nonstop enterprise division until last May. She then became a vice president with the enterprise storage and servers division, where she was responsible for customer relations, service delivery and product quality until leaving the company earlier this month.

In her role at the nonstop enterprise division, Nist was in charge of development, delivery and marketing of nonstop servers, database software and middleware. The nonstop division had its roots in Tandem Computers, acquired by Compaq Computer in 1997 before Compaq's merger with HP. Before running the nonstop division, Nist was vice president of the Alpha Servers business unit at Digital Equipment (DEC), which was also acquired by Compaq in 1998.

Nist was replaced as head of HP's nonstop division last May by Martin Fine, a proponent of open-source and Linux software within the company.

Penguin plans to push its clustering platform in the markets for high performance and high-availability systems, building on its Scyld Beowulf software, which allows systems managers to treat a cluster as a single system, adding or dropping processors from the cluster on demand. Nist will head up efforts to catch what the company sees as a coming wave of demand for high-performance Linux clustering.

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