TurboLinux eases server deployment

TurboLinux next week will unveil new management software that reduces the cost of deploying and maintaining applications, patches and fixes on Linux servers.

Called PowerCockpit, the browser-based software automates the configuration and deployment of Linux servers on the network, allowing IT managers to spend time on other more critical, less tedious tasks.

PowerCockpit identifies servers that need to receive configuration changes, distributes those changes to the servers and even installs the Linux operating system and other applications. For instance, through a set of simple commands, a company could automatically install and configure numerous Web servers, spending as little as 10 minutes on each one.

The software also allows different identities to be stored for each server or group of servers, which makes it easier to reconfigure a server as another type of device, such as a caching device, for example. It multicasts instructions to each specified server using a graphical user or Perl script interface.

PowerCockpit uses PxE 2.0, which is software that allows a machine to be automatically powered on and rebooted before installation and configuration. It then distributes software over local or remote distances. PowerCockpit also stores information about each server in an XML repository. With the software, IT professionals can create policies to distribute software with identical personalities or replicate data from one machine to another.

PowerCockpit is similar to Norton's Ghost or Novell's ZENworks for Servers. It layers on top of the Secure Shell and Secure Sockets layer, thus protecting the security of the system.

Pricing for the software starts at US$100 to $200 per node. Site licenses range from $50,000 to $100,000.

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