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SteelEye Releases Clustering Solution for Itanium Servers

SteelEye(TM) Technology Inc., a provider of clustering software for Linux, Windows and Solaris environments, today announced the general availability of the latest release of its LifeKeeper(R) for Linux 4.0 product.

According to SteelEye, new features in LifeKeeper include:

-- Scalability to 32-node clusters, with support for Intel-based IA-32 and IA-64 servers; -- Compatibility with most Linux distributions based on 2.2 or 2.4 kernels, including Red Hat 7.1, Caldera eServer 2.3.1, SuSE 7.2 and Miracle Linux; -- Flexibility of cluster-wide storage, with support for Network Attached Storage (NAS), Fibre-based Storage Area Networks (SAN) as well as replicated data, shared SCSI or NFS servers; -- Manageability through intuitive cluster-wide management templates and action wizards that substantially reduce IT management and operations costs; -- Integration with IBM's DB2 Universal Database WE, EE and EEE as well as Oracle and other enterprise databases, applications, mail and web servers.

The company said LifeKeeper's IBM DB2 Application Recovery Kit (ARK) extends intelligent failover and multiple fault-detection mechanisms to DB2 Universal Database environments running WE, EE or EEE database configurations. These integrated features are designed to prevent system or application-level failures as well as leverage LifeKeeper's latest support for Linux raw I/O to provide maximum uptime in high-performance database environments.

SteelEye also said that LifeKeeper's new support for Network Attached Storage (NAS) as well as support for Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Networks (SAN) further expand cluster-wide storage options by going beyond direct-attached shared SCSI or replicated storage.

LifeKeeper also supports 32-node cluster configurations, including cascading failover and recovery across multiple servers, enabling IT to automatically spread application workloads across multiple back-up servers in the event of a failure. LifeKeeper's Software Development Kit (SDK) allows third parties to build their own recovery kits for custom applications that easily integrate with the management GUI.

LifeKeeper for Linux 4.0 is set to become generally available in September 2001. LifeKeeper and packaged ARK's can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial at the company Web stie. Pricing starts at $1,500 per node.