News : Red Hat Unveils Linux Clustering Solution

Kurt A. Brust cltkbrust at
Mon Jul 10 20:13:25 PDT 2000

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On Mon, 10 Jul 2000, Yoon Jae Ho wrote:
> ( BW)(NC-RED-HAT)(RHAT) Red Hat Unveils Linux Clustering Solution; Adapted Version of Red Hat Linux 6.2 Delivers
> Advanced Security, Scalability and Availability for a Reliable Internet Infrastructure
>     Business/Technology Editors
>     RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2000--Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), a leader in open source Internet infrastructure
> solutions, today announced the Red Hat(TM) High Availability Server 1.0, a specialized version of the award-winning Red Hat Linux 6.2 solution.
>     Red Hat High Availability Server is an out-of-the-box clustering solution that delivers dynamic load balancing, improved fault tolerance and scalability of TCP/IP
> based applications. It lets users combine individual servers into a cluster, resulting in highly available access to critical network resources such as data, applications,
> network services, and more. If one server in the cluster fails, another will automatically take over its workload. The Red Hat High Availability Server is ideally suited
> to Web servers, ftp servers, mail gateways, firewalls, VPN gateways and other front-end IP-based applications where virtually uninterrupted service is required.
>     "The Red Hat High Availability Server is optimized specifically for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and corporate customers who want to dramatically reduce
> the time needed for implementation," said Paul McNamara, vice president, products and platforms, Red Hat, Inc. "In today's demanding Internet environment, server
> failure means lost revenue and diminished customer satisfaction. With this product, we are providing customers with a flexible, affordable, and highly available
> front-end Internet infrastructure solution. Because the Red Hat High Availability Server software can be installed on any off-the-shelf commodity hardware that
> supports Linux--it offers service providers and corporate IT departments an option for increased availability at a significant overall cost savings."
>     The product supports heterogeneous network environments, allowing individual members of the cluster to run Red Hat Linux or virtually any other OS including
> Solaris(R), and Windows NT(R). Because the Red Hat High Availability Server is an open source product, customers are free from expensive technology lock-in
> that often occurs with proprietary solutions.
>     New Security Features
>     The Red Hat High Availability Server has a number of inherent security features designed specifically for high availability Web front-end applications. Remote
> system access is disabled by default, and unused network services are not installed or started in the standard installation.
>     The Red Hat High Availability Server can be configured in two main ways. In Failover Services (FOS) mode, the system can be configured as a two node cold
> failover cluster ideally suited for applications where simple, affordable redundancy is needed such as firewalls, static Web servers, DNS, and mail servers. In Linux
> Virtual Server (LVS) mode, the system can be configured as an n-node cluster consisting of a two node load balancer, which accepts requests and directs those
> request to one of any number of IP-based servers based on a configurable traffic management algorithm.
>     Red Hat High Availability Server 1.0 Features and Benefits
>     -- Easy Installation: The Red Hat High Availability Server is based on the award winning Red Hat Linux OS. Red Hat's engineers have created a special
> installation-class that installs only those packages that are needed with the clustering packages. The Red Hat High Availability Server is installed for optimal
> performance--saving time and hassle.
>     -- Higher Performance and Scalability: The Red Hat High Availability Server supports the scalability that meets the growth demands of today's highly dynamic IP
> environments. The number of cluster nodes is limited only by the hardware and network used. The product has advanced cluster features that provide high levels of
> performance including an ability to configure servers to bypass the load balancers when returning traffic back to the client, increasing the overall performance of the
> cluster. Additionally, because individual nodes can be taken off-line for maintenance or upgrades without interruption of service, the product eliminates costly
> downtime.
>     -- Maximized Flexibility: The Red Hat High Availability Server offers Systems Administrators a high degree of flexibility. In LVS mode the product supports four
> load balancing methods (Round Robin, Weighted Round Robin, Least Connections, and Weighted Least Connections) and three traffic forwarding techniques (IP
> Masquerading, Tunneling and Direct Routing). Virtually every popular IP service is supported including Web (http), email, FTP, LDAP, DNS, and others.
>     -- Increased Security: The Red Hat High Availability Server has built-in security features designed to withstand common attacks. Systems Administrators can
> setup sand traps, providing for redirection of IP traffic from a potential attacker to a secure address. Out of the box, finger, talk, wall, and other daemons are
> disabled or not installed. In addition, multiple traffic routing and scheduling techniques along with virtual IP addresses allow you to create a security barrier for your
> network.
>     -- Availability: The Red Hat High Availability Server dramatically reduces the likelihood of system failure by quickly detecting component server and application
> failures and redirecting workload to the remaining servers in the cluster. If one or more servers fail, others take over with minimal interruption. 
>     -- Excellent Value: Uses inexpensive commodity hardware to lower your overall cost of purchasing and maintaining the system.
>     -- Support: A one year support package that includes standard hours installation and configuration assistance and 24x7 server-down support for two Linux
> Routers of a Piranha cluster, configuration of Piranha and Linux Virtual Server and any services required to run these applications, including httpd and ftpd, and
> configuration of Piranha and Linux Virtual Server for connectivity to one node behind the Linux Routers for either httpd or ftpd service.
>     Pricing and Availability
>     The price of the Red Hat High Availability Server is $1995. It is available online at or at select resellers. Red Hat High Availability Server
> includes a full year of installation and configuration support via telephone or the Web from Red Hat's global support staff.
>     Open Source Momentum
>     International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their
> preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also states that Red Hat
> Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.
>     Research firm Netcraft, Inc. (, states that as of May 2000, 36 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making
> Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications,
> firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure.
>     Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of
> these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.
>     Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's
> leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SAP.
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> Yoon Jae Ho
> Economist
> POSCO Research Institute
> yoon at
> jhyoon at
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