Fujitsu Siemens Computers launches PRIMECLUSTER availability for Linux

1/27/2003 - Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced a new Linux version of its PRIMECLUSTER clustering and high availability software to run on Linux-certified PRIMERGY Intel-based servers and the company's latest PRIMERGY BX300 blade server technology. PRIMECLUSTER has already proved successful on the company's Solaris/SPARC-based PRIMEPOWER servers, and the new Linux version will address the growing take-up of Linux in data centres. The new PRIMECLUSTER 4 version will support SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 and Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1, and is an ideal clustering solution for those organisations looking to deploy standard Intel hardware architectures with Linux - especially in key areas such as high availability applications and scalable web front-ends.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers launched PRIMECLUSTER to help address key Business Critical Computing issues, including the fast and reliable implementation of complex IT infrastructures as well as the need to cluster across hardware platforms. PRIMECLUSTER offers a variety of services, including sophisticated cluster failover management, support for parallel databases, and dynamic load balancing. It also includes cluster-wide data management enabling scalable access to shared data from several nodes - an important feature for companies that distribute their products via the Internet.

"PRIMECLUSTER works across hardware platforms so that customers can optimise the use of their Solaris or Linux-based servers allowing them to operate within a single cluster," explained Mel Taylor, UK Marketing Director for Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "This ability to work with different platforms brings obvious benefits in terms of reducing total cost of ownership and maximising Business Critical Computing availability across the IT infrastructure."

Clustering advantages with PRIMECLUSTER and PRIMERGY blade servers
With its PRIMERGY BX300 blade servers, Fujitsu Siemens Computers offers exceptional performance while taking up little space - up to 300 servers and 600 processors can be accommodated in a single rack. Integrated components guarantee lower infrastructure and maintenance costs. The combination of PRIMECLUSTER and PRIMERGY BX300 blade servers offers a powerful clustering solution, with PRIMECLUSTER's dynamic load balancing providing ideal response times for TCP/IP-based network accesses.

PRIMECLUSTER and PRIMERGY blade servers also ensure outstanding availability, since at any given time only fully-functioning servers with fully-functioning network services are supplied with requests. Whenever a configuration like this threatens to reach its performance limits, capacity can be smoothly expanded by simply including additional nodes. This ensures a fast and calculable return on investment. For all application scenarios whose medium-term load profile cannot be reliably predicted, this offers excellent application opportunities, since the configuration can be flexibly and cost-effectively brought into line with rapidly changing business or workload requirements - all without interrupting ongoing operation.

Ideal solution for Internet, e-business and mobile computing
PRIMECLUSTER combines with PRIMERGY rack and blade server technology to provide an ideal consolidation platform for IT applications such as Internet, e-business and mobile computing, where a reliable, easy-to-administer and scalable front-end infrastructure is a key success factor. Integrating and administering a web infrastructure can be a very resource-intensive task that can only be mastered with the aid of professional solutions. For example, in the e-commerce sector in particular, rapid response times are an integral part of availability and can play a crucial role in determining business success.

Pre-tested scalable web server solutions
With its focus on Business Critical Computing, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is ideally placed to provide customers with innovative and cost-effective IT infrastructure solutions. The company has combined its PRIMECLUSTER and Linux-based PRIMERGY expertise to provide fully-integrated and pre-tested scalable web server farm solutions that help customers to get up and running more quickly and significantly eliminate risk in the implementation phase.

Cross-platform deployment
PRIMECLUSTER can also be used across platform boundaries. This makes it possible to optimise the use of Solaris- or Linux-based servers in multi-tier architectures, since only one cluster has to be operated. Using different platforms has obvious benefits in terms of reducing the total cost of ownership and maximising the availability of heterogeneous infrastructures.

About Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European computer company, drawing on the strengths and the innovative power of its parent companies - Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG. Fujitsu Siemens Computers offers a full range of solutions for enterprise computing, from best-in-class Intel- and Unix-based servers to a comprehensive portfolio of storage systems. The company is also a leading provider of secure mobile computing products, PCs and workstations to business customers, and the number one supplier of computers for home users in Europe.

The company's strategic direction is focused on Mobility and Business Critical Computing. With its vision of 'Powering the Information Age', Fujitsu Siemens Computers' world-class computer technology and innovative IT infrastructure solutions help people to access information and services anywhere and at any time.

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