DB2 for Linux Clustering scales to 1,000 nodes
- By Jack Vaughan
IBM this week used the LinuxWorld stage to unveil a new implementation of its
mainstay relational database -- DB2 for Linux Clustering. The new DB2
implementation can scale from two to 1,000 nodes, IBM officials said.
The solution runs on rack mode on the IBM eServer x Series
IBM first demonstrated the DB2 version last year, but observers noted that
this week's proclamation by Scott Handy, Linux solutions marketing director for
the IBM Software Group, marks the first time the company claimed 1,000-node
performance. IBM engineers have tested the new implementation on systems running
SAP, WebSphere and Tivoli, Handy said.
Also amid the slew of Linux-related announcements from IBM came word of
Tivoli System Automation for Linux. As the IBM unit's part of the company's
autonomic computing initiative, the new Tivoli toolset provides ''self-healing''
capabilities to automatically notify system administrators of underlying
IBM officials said the new Tivoli software can lower IT expenditures by
cutting operating system costs and reducing administrative expenses. Handy noted
that IBM, by and large, is not reducing the costs of administrative software
just because it runs on Linux. ''The software provides the same value on Linux as
on other operating systems,'' said Handy, so some costs don't change.
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.