Network Associates has announced plans to deliver server failover and load-balancing for e-business servers at a fraction of the cost of offerings from Microsoft, IBM and Sun.
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The launch of the Understudy and Localcluster products broadens the focus of Network Associates' McAfee brand from the anti-virus security market into B2B data security by offering failover and load balancing within a server farm.
Understudy clusters Web, file, and e-mail servers to offer better availability through service monitoring, failure detection, failover and load balancing. The software also monitors Internet Protocol services including HTTP, FTP, SMTP, or TCP on Linux, Windows NT, Solaris and FreeBSD.
Localcluster currently adds Linux file replication to Understudy's range of services but will eventually embrace the same platforms.
Neil Ward-Dutton, principal consultant with market analysis firm Ovum, warned, "Companies like IBM and Sun have designed their software and hardwware clustering from the ground up. To me, adding clustering to smaller Linux servers is like putting wheels on an orange. The system sounds like a cross between a system monitoring tool and clustering middleware such in BEA Systems' Tuxedo and Iona's Orbix."
Network Associates marketing manager, Marc Vos, said, "Most medium-sized enterprises are on a tight budget using cheaper servers and Linux. There is a growing need for high availability products at this price point."