IBM Bolsters Linux Effort With DB2 Clustering, iNotes Web Access Support

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IBM Software this week will show off what will be a commercially available version of Linux database clustering.

The company has been demonstrating the technology for some time, but this is the first commercially available implementation, a spokeswoman said. The technology will be available with DB2 for Linux and IBM's xSeries eServers.

A spokesman said the clustering solution is available now, with highly variable pricing. A two-node configuration including two xSeries eServer Model X335 boxes, DB2 Workgroup Server Edition for Linux, SuSE Linux 8 and other application components starts at about $10,000.

IBM claims the software will enable relatively fast deployments of up to 40-node database clusters and that ISV partners ranging from SAP, SuSE, and TopSpin will offer the technology. Oracle already offers clustering for Linux, and is offering up a version of its clustered file system for Linux to the open source community.

In other database news, PeerDirect will announce Linux support for its Distributed Enterprise Suite, which helps companies decentralize and distribute database applications across locations and mobile devices. The capability allows users to access applications online and offline. PeerDirect is a spin-off from Progress Software, Burlington, Mass.

Also at LinuxWorld expo here, IBM's Lotus Software group will Linux client support for Lotus iNotes Web Access. That cleint will now support the Linux version of Netscape 7.0 browser based on Mozilla 1.0.1, the company said. That will let Linux users gain full access to Notes e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, the company said.

Also, IBM's Tivoli System Automation for Linux will be demonstrated.

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