Linux Clustering Software to Debut

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - With new offerings from Veritas Software, Silicon Graphics and San Francisco-based TurboLinux Inc. on display, Linux clustering will be prominent at LinuxWorld.

TurboLinux, which already ships a fail-over solution called TurboCluster, will introduce enFuzion, a clustering solution that will run on Linux and several Unix versions, as well as on Windows NT. A 12-node version will be shown at the New York conference this week; commercial availability is expected by the second quarter.

According to TurboLinux, the software will compete with supercomputer vendors like SGI. But SGI will be rolling out its own clustering product, Advanced Cluster Environment, which is based in part on the Beowulf open-source clustering software but has some of SGI's proprietary technologies. Like Beowulf, the product will be aimed mainly at technical markets. A 32-node cluster will be priced at $125,000, including hardware, software and installation costs.

Veritas last week announced that it would port its Cluster Server software, which competes with clustering solutions from Sun and Hewlett-Packard Co., to Linux.

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