March 14, 1997 11:00 AM ET
SunSoft details clustering plans for Solaris
By Lisa Wirthman

  LOS ANGELES--It will take about two years, but SunSoft Inc. plans to integrate a next-generation clustering architecture into Solaris.

SunSoft's clustering project, dubbed Full Moon, aims to deliver more scalability and manageability to users, said Brian Croll, director of server software products for SunSoft, in Mountain View, Calif.

Full Moon will provide a continuous "Webtone" and spread failover capabilities across the entire cluster so there is no single point of failure, Croll said.

Most clustering architectures either use multiple servers for parallel processing or provide failover capabilities where additional servers remain unused until something goes wrong, according to Croll, who said Full Moon "uses every ounce of the cluster."

SunSoft will deliver Full Moon in four phases, beginning with the April delivery of new Solstice HA 1.3 software, at which time the company will first provide cluster APIs, disaster recovery and HA Internet Services.

When it completes the project in mid-1999, SunSoft will have added the ability to have a single system image and global process management.

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