Silicon Graphics (SGI) and SuSE Linux AG last week announced their agreement to jointly bring to market clustering software for the Linux operating system.
The joint engineering project will bring SGI's Iris FailSafe high-availability clustering software to Linux environments, company officials said.
IRIS FailSafe running on Linux will enable Linux users to link two or more servers together so that one automat-ically takes over if the other should fail. SuSE officials said they hope the release of the clustering software will lead to more mission-critical applications becoming available for Linux.
SGI and SuSE aim to have the Linux version of the clustering software finished in the second half of this year, officials said.
The announcement does not mean the company will stop working with Microsoft's Windows NT and SGI's own Iris Unix operating system. We're not abandoning them; we can now focus on three branches of operating systems," Joachim Redmer, managing director of Silicon Graphics in Germany, said. SGI will release the source code of FailSafe under the general public licence soon after the project begins, so the Linux community can also modify the code, Redmer said.
SGI also confirmed that it has other Linux applications currently in development, including high-performance compilers for the open-source operating system.http://www.sgi.com, http://www.suse.de