Business-technology executives with high-availability computing needs still have concerns about embracing the open-source Linux operating system. One objection may have been eliminated last week when Veritas Software Corp., an independent storage-management software vendor, unveiled a Linux version of its clustering software.
Veritas is shipping Cluster Server software, which is integrated with Red Hat Linux in the same fashion that other versions are integrated with the leading flavors of Unix, including IBM's AIX, HP-UX, and Sun's Solaris. The software provides Linux customers with high-availability systems because it will switch operations to another server in a cluster when one server fails. Cluster Server will help customers more automatically balance workloads across servers.
The vendor also is shipping Veritas ServPoint NAS software, which will compete with Microsoft's network-attached storage software in turning ordinary servers into appliances specializing in file access and storage. Competitors such as EMC Corp. and Network Appliance Inc. run their own NAS software on their industry-leading appliances.
Reposted on Wednesday August 21 2002 @ 07:06PM EDT