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Compaq Boxes Clusters

Compaq Computer Corp. will soon offer clusters in a box.

The Houston computer giant today announced a cluster solution, code-named “Toucan,” that pairs two ProLiant server nodes with shared storage in a single cabinet. The package runs on Windows NT or Novell NetWare and is scheduled for fourth quarter availability.

Compaq says Toucan will feature easily accessible components; redundant, hot-swappable parts; integrated installation; and diagnostic and management tools for Web-based cluster administration.

Although Compaq touts the unreleased product as the “most-affordable, ready-to-use packaged cluster,” the company has yet to announce pricing.

Compaq also today unveiled enhancements to its current line of clustering products. Existing cluster configurations using the Oracle Parallel Server now support Oracle Parallel Server 8i, the version of the parallel database clustering software supporting Oracle Corp.’s most recent version of its flagship database.

Compaq has also enhanced its existing Microsoft Cluster Service offerings with support for redundant loop and switched fabric fibre channel storage and disaster-tolerant configurations. – Scott Bekker

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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