NEC Solutions America Inc. and Stratus Technologies Inc. are looking to Linux as a way to expand the reach of their respective fault-tolerant servers.
To date, telecommunications companies and other enterprises have deployed the open-source operating system on NEC's high-availability systems for such front-end duties as payment processing and Web serving. But, as businesses begin to adopt Linux for more heavy-duty back-end applications, both companies expect demand for Linux on their systems to build.
NEC's low-end Express5800/320La system has supported Linux in the United States for nine months. But officials of the Sacramento, Calif., company said NEC next quarter will extend that support to its high-end 320Lb. Both systems currently run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000, and the 320Lb also runs .Net.
In addition, two other fault-tolerant servers that NEC plans to roll out this quarter, the two-processor 330Lx and four-processor 340Lx, also will be Linux-capable, officials said.