NEC Marries Fault Tolerance with Standard Linux

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-08-14 Email Print this article Print

The server maker will offer support for Red Hat Linux in its Express5800/320Ma systems.

NEC Corp. of America is bringing a standard Linux distribution to its fault-tolerant server line.

As the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo gets underway this week in San Francisco, NEC on Aug. 14 is announcing that its Express5800/320Ma systems support Red Hat's Enterprise Linux 4.0.4 operating system, according to Mike Mitsch, general manager for alliances and strategy for NEC.

The new Red Hat distribution can run in a lockstep environment, enabling the server maker to bring it to its fault-tolerant systems, Mitsch said.

"Linux is continuing to grow in the data center environment," he said. "This is creating a new level of availability."

NEC's fault-tolerant systems offer dual components that run in lockstep. If one component fails, the second one steps in without interruption to the user.

Until now, NEC, of Irving, Texas, has offered its own variant of Linux that could run on the fault-tolerant systems. Having a standard distribution will expand the server line's reach in Linux environments, Mitsch said.

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