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