OSDL delivers Linux guidelines for data centres

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has issued a set of technical guidelines for the use of Linux in running mission-critical...

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has issued a set of technical guidelines for the use of Linux in running mission-critical enterprise applications on server platforms, to encourage its adoption in data centres.

The technical document, called Data Centre Linux (DCL) Technical Capabilities, defines and prioritises the Linux capabilities required in data centres that use mid-tier and high-end multiprocessor servers as platforms for a variety of demanding enterprise applications.

The industry group hoped the paper would lead to standards that encourage businesses to use Linux for large-scale IT initiatives.

The document defines more than 300 capabilities, in eight major categories: scalability, performance, manageability, clusters, standards, security, usability and reliability/availability/serviceability (RAS). The paper is available at www.osdl.org.

OSDL will also publish a DCL requirements document for use by Linux distributors, enterprise users and developers of the Linux kernel.

The industry group, made up of such industry heavyweights as Dell, IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, is examining the use of Linux on edge, application and database servers.

Founded as a non-profit organization in 2000, OSDL operates test facilities in the US and Japan. Last month, the group welcomed its first Chinese member, Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software.

Beijing Co-Create is participating primarily in Linux kernel development and OSDL's desktop Linux initiative, announced in January. The company, which was launched in April 2001, is a joint venture between 10 Chinese companies.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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