Platform Debuts Clusterware, Industry's First Integrated Linux Cluster Management Solution, to Drive Linux and Grid Adoption

Leading Vendors Adopt Clusterware to Deliver Turnkey Linux Clustering

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Jan 28, 2002, 00:00 ET from Platform Computing Inc.

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- To help drive Linux further into the
 enterprise, Platform Computing Inc. announced that it will debut Platform
 Clusterware(TM) for Linux, a comprehensive cluster management solution for
 enterprises using Linux clusters to deliver improved computing performance and
 productivity, at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York this week.
     The industry's first hardware-independent, commercially supported solution
 for cluster management, Platform Clusterware easily integrates with and
 complements existing Linux solutions to provide a comprehensive solution with
 workload management, system monitoring and administration, and provisioning
 (installation and configuration) capabilities. This will enable enterprises in
 industries such as bioinformatics, research and education, manufacturing and
 financial services to roll out clusters faster, reduce operational costs, and
 improve computing productivity. Platform Clusterware will be available through
 Platform's global reseller network, including InterVision and MSC Software,
 and through new OEM partners such as Atipa Technologies and RLX Technologies,
 who will integrate it with their existing solutions to provide customized
 cluster management solutions to their customers.
     "Our research shows that the top challenge for users of clusters is system
 management," said Debra Goldfarb, group vice president, worldwide systems and
 servers, IDC. "Widespread availability of easy-to-use cluster management tools
 is key to furthering adoption of Linux in existing and new markets."
     Analysts project that clusters will become the dominant server
 architecture, with particularly strong growth in the technical computing
 markets. Overall, the cluster market is expected to grow by almost 35 percent
 to reach $2.27 billion by 2005, according to International Data Corporation
 (IDC).(1)  According to a new study released by IDC, Linux will become the
 dominant operating system in the cluster environment, growing from a base of
 $226 million to $1.4 billion by 2005.
     "With Platform Clusterware, enterprises can have more confidence deploying
 Linux for applications requiring very high levels of performance and
 reliability," said Paul Hill, vice president, Marketing, Platform.
 "Traditionally, in order to implement a comprehensive Linux cluster management
 solution, enterprises have had to integrate solutions from a variety of
 different sources. With Platform Clusterware, we can provide one complete
 solution to help enterprises leverage the full power and performance
 capabilities of their Linux clusters, with built-in scalability for Grid
 computing."
     Platform Clusterware integrates components from Platform's flagship
 workload management software, Platform LSF; its resource management software,
 Platform SiteAssure; and server provisioning capabilities. This end-to-end
 solution combines proactive system monitoring and administration, plus load
 balancing, high availability, job scheduling and remote Web access, to manage
 distributed workload processing across the whole cluster. Platform Clusterware
 delivers transparent access to vast computing resources and centralized
 management of the cluster as a single, virtual server, and enables the
 limitless extension of Linux compute cluster capacity through Platform LSF and
 Platform LSF ActiveCluster. Platform Clusterware has built-in Grid migration
 paths that can be exploited to enable the large scale sharing of resources,
 networks, and databases across organizational boundaries.
     "The technical computing market is shifting to distributed clusters, which
 is driving demand for more cycles, particularly in industries such as
 bioinformatics and financial services," continued Platform's Hill. "With
 Platform Clusterware, enterprises can access massive processing and
 computation capability across all Linux-based hardware platforms, enabling
 them to achieve greater levels of productivity, increased ROI, reduced time to
 market, and higher quality results by running simulations and analyses faster
 than previously possible."
     With easy visibility and flexible control of all jobs, Platform
 Clusterware helps enterprise user complete important work faster and reliably,
 and offers three key benefits to simplify cluster management:
 
      *  ability to view the 'cluster as a server' in a transparent, single
         system environment, with service and capacity available on demand;
      *  simplified management and administration through a dynamic cluster of
         server boxes with centralized administration and management,
         integrated with other clusters and servers; and
      *  reduced application complexity, with transparency to existing
         applications and easy integration of new applications.
 
     Platform Clusterware 1.0 will be available in March 2002 through
 Platform's network of global resellers in Canada, China, Europe, Israel,
 Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S. and Taiwan and OEM
 partners, such as Atipa Technologies and RLX Technologies. Atipa Technologies
 is a provider of Linux-based hardware, software and professional services,
 providing multi-platform enterprise management software and support.  RLX
 Technologies is the leader in high-density blade computing platforms and the
 leading supplier of a new class of ultra-dense server products that have
 dramatically recast the dynamics of the server marketplace.  Platform
 Clusterware supports Linux for Intel and Compaq Alpha as well as Debian,
 RedHat Linux 7.0 and SuSE Linux, and integrates easily with major applications
 including Ansys, Avanti, BLAST, Cadence, Engenious, Fluent, LIONS, MSI and
 Synopsys.
     Platform is the world's leading distributed computing software provider,
 with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organizations to dramatically
 improve time to market and quality of results, while maximizing their IT
 investment. Platform has strategic relationships with industry leaders
 including Compaq, HP, IBM, SGI, LIONbioscience and SAS Institute. Its open,
 scalable software solutions are the choice of more than 1,500 result-driven
 organizations around the world. Platform is a private company with
 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more
 information visit www.platform.com.
 
      (1) "Workstations and High-Performance Systems:  Clusters, Superclusters
           and the Internet," IDC, October 2001
 
     Platform at LINUXWORLD NEW YORK:
     Join us for a free breakfast panel discussion with Platform Computing, IDC
 and Compaq on Thursday, January 31, 2002, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., Clustering
 for High Performance Computing, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New
 York, Room 1E16 and visit our booth #620.  For more information visit
 www.platform.com.
 
     The Platform logo, Clusterware, LSF, LSF ActiveCluster and SiteAssure are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Platform Computing Corporation
 in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
 
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    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- To help drive Linux further into the
 enterprise, Platform Computing Inc. announced that it will debut Platform
 Clusterware(TM) for Linux, a comprehensive cluster management solution for
 enterprises using Linux clusters to deliver improved computing performance and
 productivity, at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York this week.
     The industry's first hardware-independent, commercially supported solution
 for cluster management, Platform Clusterware easily integrates with and
 complements existing Linux solutions to provide a comprehensive solution with
 workload management, system monitoring and administration, and provisioning
 (installation and configuration) capabilities. This will enable enterprises in
 industries such as bioinformatics, research and education, manufacturing and
 financial services to roll out clusters faster, reduce operational costs, and
 improve computing productivity. Platform Clusterware will be available through
 Platform's global reseller network, including InterVision and MSC Software,
 and through new OEM partners such as Atipa Technologies and RLX Technologies,
 who will integrate it with their existing solutions to provide customized
 cluster management solutions to their customers.
     "Our research shows that the top challenge for users of clusters is system
 management," said Debra Goldfarb, group vice president, worldwide systems and
 servers, IDC. "Widespread availability of easy-to-use cluster management tools
 is key to furthering adoption of Linux in existing and new markets."
     Analysts project that clusters will become the dominant server
 architecture, with particularly strong growth in the technical computing
 markets. Overall, the cluster market is expected to grow by almost 35 percent
 to reach $2.27 billion by 2005, according to International Data Corporation
 (IDC).(1)  According to a new study released by IDC, Linux will become the
 dominant operating system in the cluster environment, growing from a base of
 $226 million to $1.4 billion by 2005.
     "With Platform Clusterware, enterprises can have more confidence deploying
 Linux for applications requiring very high levels of performance and
 reliability," said Paul Hill, vice president, Marketing, Platform.
 "Traditionally, in order to implement a comprehensive Linux cluster management
 solution, enterprises have had to integrate solutions from a variety of
 different sources. With Platform Clusterware, we can provide one complete
 solution to help enterprises leverage the full power and performance
 capabilities of their Linux clusters, with built-in scalability for Grid
 computing."
     Platform Clusterware integrates components from Platform's flagship
 workload management software, Platform LSF; its resource management software,
 Platform SiteAssure; and server provisioning capabilities. This end-to-end
 solution combines proactive system monitoring and administration, plus load
 balancing, high availability, job scheduling and remote Web access, to manage
 distributed workload processing across the whole cluster. Platform Clusterware
 delivers transparent access to vast computing resources and centralized
 management of the cluster as a single, virtual server, and enables the
 limitless extension of Linux compute cluster capacity through Platform LSF and
 Platform LSF ActiveCluster. Platform Clusterware has built-in Grid migration
 paths that can be exploited to enable the large scale sharing of resources,
 networks, and databases across organizational boundaries.
     "The technical computing market is shifting to distributed clusters, which
 is driving demand for more cycles, particularly in industries such as
 bioinformatics and financial services," continued Platform's Hill. "With
 Platform Clusterware, enterprises can access massive processing and
 computation capability across all Linux-based hardware platforms, enabling
 them to achieve greater levels of productivity, increased ROI, reduced time to
 market, and higher quality results by running simulations and analyses faster
 than previously possible."
     With easy visibility and flexible control of all jobs, Platform
 Clusterware helps enterprise user complete important work faster and reliably,
 and offers three key benefits to simplify cluster management:
 
      *  ability to view the 'cluster as a server' in a transparent, single
         system environment, with service and capacity available on demand;
      *  simplified management and administration through a dynamic cluster of
         server boxes with centralized administration and management,
         integrated with other clusters and servers; and
      *  reduced application complexity, with transparency to existing
         applications and easy integration of new applications.
 
     Platform Clusterware 1.0 will be available in March 2002 through
 Platform's network of global resellers in Canada, China, Europe, Israel,
 Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S. and Taiwan and OEM
 partners, such as Atipa Technologies and RLX Technologies. Atipa Technologies
 is a provider of Linux-based hardware, software and professional services,
 providing multi-platform enterprise management software and support.  RLX
 Technologies is the leader in high-density blade computing platforms and the
 leading supplier of a new class of ultra-dense server products that have
 dramatically recast the dynamics of the server marketplace.  Platform
 Clusterware supports Linux for Intel and Compaq Alpha as well as Debian,
 RedHat Linux 7.0 and SuSE Linux, and integrates easily with major applications
 including Ansys, Avanti, BLAST, Cadence, Engenious, Fluent, LIONS, MSI and
 Synopsys.
     Platform is the world's leading distributed computing software provider,
 with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organizations to dramatically
 improve time to market and quality of results, while maximizing their IT
 investment. Platform has strategic relationships with industry leaders
 including Compaq, HP, IBM, SGI, LIONbioscience and SAS Institute. Its open,
 scalable software solutions are the choice of more than 1,500 result-driven
 organizations around the world. Platform is a private company with
 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more
 information visit www.platform.com.
 
      (1) "Workstations and High-Performance Systems:  Clusters, Superclusters
           and the Internet," IDC, October 2001
 
     Platform at LINUXWORLD NEW YORK:
     Join us for a free breakfast panel discussion with Platform Computing, IDC
 and Compaq on Thursday, January 31, 2002, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., Clustering
 for High Performance Computing, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New
 York, Room 1E16 and visit our booth #620.  For more information visit
 www.platform.com.
 
     The Platform logo, Clusterware, LSF, LSF ActiveCluster and SiteAssure are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Platform Computing Corporation
 in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
 
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