PolyServe Unveils First Symmetric Cluster File System on Linux with Integrated Multi-Path I/O
Monday June 30 2003 @ 10:51AM EDT

New Technology Bolsters Linux in Mission-Critical Data Center Applications

BEAVERTON, Ore., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyServe Inc., the leading provider of shared data clustering software for Linux-based data centers, today announced availability of the first symmetric cluster file system on Linux with integrated multi-path I/O capabilities. The file system, a cornerstone in a major new release of the company's flagship Matrix Server(TM) software product, further paves the way for data center managers to deploy Linux-based server clusters in mission-critical environments.

Today's information technology (IT) customers require seamless, low-cost scalability to expand their server and storage infrastructure as data demands grow. And when considering clusters of Linux servers for mission-critical applications, data center managers require a data infrastructure that is both recoverable and highly available. PolyServe Matrix Server is the first product to fully deliver on these challenging requirements. The product's true symmetric design, where all servers in a cluster are peers, coupled with its multi-path I/O functionality guarantees there will be no server bottlenecks or single points of failure clusterwide.

"Organizations are increasingly looking for ways to improve the performance and scalability of their application systems, lower their hardware and software acquisition costs and still keep their administrative and operational costs in line," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of System Software Research for IDC. "One of the approaches IT executives select is to deploy multi-system configurations based upon virtual storage software and virtual processing software. When combined, the worldwide revenue in these two software markets approached $1.3 billion. IDC recognizes PolyServe as an important proponent of this virtual environment software."

PolyServe Matrix Server Satisfies Grueling Demands

Matrix Server enables multiple low-cost, Linux-based servers to function as a single, easy-to-use, highly available system. The product comprises a true symmetric cluster file system (CFS) that enables scalable data sharing, high availability services that increase system uptime, and cluster and storage management capabilities for managing servers and storage as one. Matrix Server customers gain an unparalleled level of scalability, availability and manageability in support of database, file serving, e-mail, and Web and media serving applications.

"PolyServe Matrix Server is unmatched in its ability to support the most demanding mission-critical workloads with the type of recoverability and high availability that our customers demand," said Steve Norall, general manager of Linux Solutions for PolyServe. "We have seen broad adoption of Matrix Server in some of the most grueling circumstances imaginable."

Available with the new release of Matrix Server, PolyServe's symmetric CFS, unlike master server-based CFS approaches, treats all servers in a cluster as peers. The tasks that a cluster must perform are distributed uniformly across all servers in the cluster, eliminating the limitations on performance, scalability and availability inherent in a master server architecture.

Matrix Server's new multi-path I/O functionality means a switch, storage cable, or a host bus adapter (HBA) in a storage area network (SAN) can fail and the cluster will continue to function. Customers can now build a completely redundant SAN fabric that survives multiple server, storage and switch failures without disruption.

Raising the Performance Bar

PolyServe Matrix Server raises the bar in terms of performance and scalability for mixed workloads composed of read and write, and metadata operations. The latest release of Matrix Server supports clusters of up to 16 server nodes and has been demonstrated to scale aggregate cluster performance at a near linear rate for demanding workloads encountered in commercial enterprises.

"We're serious when we talk about performance and scalability," said Michael Callahan, chief technology officer of PolyServe. "Other clustering vendors may claim they support higher node counts, but the true test is whether they can support those deployments running the most data-intensive, mission-critical workloads. We can."

Pricing and Availability

PolyServe Matrix Server, with a true symmetric cluster file system and multi-path I/O functionality, is available immediately on Red Hat, Red Hat Advanced Server, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, and other United Linux distributions. Pricing starts at $1,500 per CPU.

About PolyServe

PolyServe is the leading developer of shared data clustering software for Linux-based data centers and is currently developing clustering solutions for Microsoft Windows. The company's products reduce the cost and complexity associated with traditional clustering approaches, while offering greatly superior scalability, availability and manageability. In addition to its headquarters in Beaverton, PolyServe has sales and support offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Orange County, San Francisco and Redmond, Washington. For more information about PolyServe, visit http://www.polyserve.com on the Web, or call 877-765-7378.

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