At its core, Serviceguard is clustering software for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery. It’s a software solution that HP supports with professional services.
“We’re seeing an increasing demand for critical application workloads on Linux,” Kate O’Neill, Director, Global Product Marketing and Programs, Business Critical Systems, at HP, told ServerWatch. “Customers are looking for HP to help fortify Linux and make it more similar to HP-UX in terms of the mission-critical experience.”
O’Neill noted that HP’s strategy is about bringing the expertise and innovations that have been developed to support HP-UX to help Linux. Serviceguard for Linux is an example of that strategy.
The first release of Serviceguard for Linux debuted in June of 2012 and was updated in December. Serviceguard provides fast failover and protection for Linux servers. The December update extended Serviceguard to support SAP running on Linux and added support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Serviceguard previously only supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux.