Linuxlab Rolls Out Dense Web Server Configuration

Linuxlab Inc. has introduced an ultradense Web server configuration to fit the limited premium space of ISPs.

Designed for mounting in a standard 6-foot rack, the Saratoga Rack 160 consists of 40 four-processor ThinRack servers, a configuration that conserves up to 75% of the space required by traditional single-server configurations, the company claims.

Saving floor space permits additional racks to hold hundreds of extra servers.

For busy e-commerce sites, this means four racks can hold up to 640 servers, while traditional configurations hold only 160 servers in the same space.

Each ThinRack server is 1u or 1 7/8 inches in height and uses an 800 MHz Pentium III processor with 128 M-bytes of RAM and a 6 or 18 G-byte hard drive.

Four ThinRack servers are combined in a configuration that takes one row in the rack.

The Rack 160 ships with load-balancing software and a copy of the Linux operating system. The load-balancing software, dubbed Linuxlab FarMan, allows servers to operate in concert, so that traffic across the Web site flows smoothly and does not degrade.

FarMan monitors traffic and assigns transactions to hundreds of servers on a network. Also, it monitors component reliability. When a power supply or other hardware component shows signs of failing, the software notifies network support to take the server offline before it fails.

The Saratoga Rack 160 also ships with the Apache Web server software pre-installed and Red Hat Inc. Linux or a version of the Linux operating system that removes desktop and DOS emulation functions, allowing it to optimize Web server operations and efficiency for ISPs.

The Saratoga Rack 160 ships as a 160-server configuration for $290,000. It is available now.

Linuxlab, in Sunnyvale, Calif., is at: www.linuxlab.com.

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