Red Hat To Ship Advanced Server In May


Beta version demonstrated at LinuxWorld


Linux leader Red Hat plans to ship in May an advanced Linux server that features two-way clustering.

Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, Research Triangle Park, N.C., said the Red Hat Advanced Server incorporates two-node failover clustering as well as new support for asynchronous I/O throughout. The company demonstrated the beta version running on IBM and Dell machines at LinuxWorld and will ship the beta to customers in a few weeks.

It is Red Hat's first server to include failover clustering, Tiemann said Wednesday during an interview at Red Hat's booth at the LinuxWorld Expo. He said that it is being targeted at enterprise customers and will be priced at about $1,000 per server.

He also said Red Hat's line of network services, including Red Hat Network, Red Hat Workgroup, Red Hat Proxy Server and Red Hat Satellite, will be bundled with the advanced server.

The advanced server also features improved I/O performance, which enables enhanced scalability and support for enterprise applications such as Oracle databases. Red Hat and Oracle collaborate on this feature, said another Red Hat official, Brian Stevens, director of enterprise engineering.