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DB2 for Linux Clustering scales to 1,000 nodes

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 platform.

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 problems.

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.

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