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Sun moves telco capabilities to cluster product

Sun Microsystems will boost its enterprise clustering product next year by fitting it with high-availability capabilities used in telecommunications applications. 

The Sun Netra HA (High Availability) Suite will be able to check for fast recovery. The cluster membership API for understanding what nodes are part of a cluster, will also be moved over to the Sun Cluster package, said David Nelson-Gal, vice-president of Sun's availability products group. 

Netra HA Suite has been deployed in telecommunications applications while Sun Cluster provides for general-purpose clustering in enterprise environments. 

"We're converging the technology base," Nelson-Gal said.

Event mechanisms will also be moved to Sun Cluster. "If you have an application on multiple nodes, this is a way of establishing communications between nodes in a cluster," said Nelson-Gal. 

Sun, with its clustering plan, is looking to boost levels of availability for applications such as application servers. 

Jean Bozman, research vice-president for global enterprise server solutions at IDC, said high availability is becoming more of a requirement in applications such as web environments and e-business. 

"In a lot of these businesses, those levels of high availability were not necessary even five years ago," Bozman said.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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