IBM Named UNIX Cluster Technology Leader

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Somers, N.Y - 30 Oct 1998: . . . IBM is ranked the number one overall UNIX-based cluster provider in a recent report by D.H. Brown and Associates.

Cluster technology allows more than one computer to be linked together to provide superior reliability and availability for computer systems that must be operational nearly every moment of the day and night.

IBM's leadership was cited in D.H. Brown's "Competitive Analysis of Reliability, Availability, Serviceability and Cluster Features and Functions."

"The D.H. Brown 1998 HA/Cluster Evaluation Model considers over 300 individual features in 11 diverse functional categories," said Harvey Hindin, director, High-Availability and Clusters Service, D.H. Brown Associates. "IBM demonstrated strength across all 11 categories pushing them over the top for their fourth consecutive first place finish, an impressive achievement."

D.H. Brown compared key UNIX vendors based on their in-system reliability, availability, and serviceability and their UNIX-based cluster features and functions. IBM received high marks across the 11 categories, confirming that IBM provides a balanced offering to its customers if they choose to cluster.

"The RS/6000 and HACMP (High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing) have once again catapulted to the top of the D.H. Brown report," said Richard Michos, director, Cluster Strategies, IBM Server Group. "With over 22,000 HACMP applications licensed worldwide, IBM remains the recognized industry leader."

In addition to defining their own events, IBM customers can use over 45 resource monitors provided with HACMP or develop their own monitors for overall system availability.

IBM provides complete cluster solutions to ease implementation and deployment of highly available clusters. Earlier this year, IBM introduced the HA50 solution. This flexible, high availability solution provides a low-cost packaged solution that includes the hardware and software required to build a cluster. This offering is backed by IBM service and support as well as special financing. To complete the HA50 offering, IBM has worked closely with the following database and software application providers: IBM DB2 Universal Database, IBM Net.Commerce, IBM TXSeries, Lotus Domino, Baan, and Oracle.

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