Support Net Helps IBM VARs Install Linux Cluster

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Support Net said it has helped place Linux-cluster computing systems in two IBM solution providers' facilities.

The IBM eServer 1350 cluster systems will help the solution providers deliver more affordable and efficient high-performance life sciences solutions, said Support Net executives.

The distributor plans to announce the cluster systems with the solution providers at IBM PartnerWorld this week, company executives said.

>> The cluster systems will enable more affordable, high-performance life sciences solutions.


The first cluster system will be installed at Indianapolis-based Solution Technology, and the second will be located at the Total Storage Solution Center owned by Advanced Systems Group, Tustin, Calif.

The eight-node cluster, which retails for about $75,000, will be an attractive offering to Solution Technology's higher education, health-care and life sciences customers, said Casey Call, sales manager at the solution provider.

"For the research community, it's a solution that's easily [duplicated]," Call said. "It provides a tremendous dollar-per-compute cycle. The benchmarks people are attaining with Linux codes are quite good and at a very attractive price point."

Indianapolis-based Support Net has invested resources and more than $250,000 in hardware and training to support Linux, said executives at the business unit of Arrow Electronics' North American Computer Products group.

Support Net is also the first distributor to earn IBM's designation as a Leader for Linux Business Partner. Previously, only solution providers qualified for the designation.

To become a Leader for Linux, Support Net had to develop a detailed Linux strategy, attend training sessions, demonstrate technical competency and supply IBM with customer references, said Eric Williams, executive vice president at Support Net.

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