Mountain View Data Picks Up PowerCockpit

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-02-25 Print this article Print

The server management software and network storage software provider acquires the server provisioning software from Turbolinux for an undisclosed amount.

Mountain View Data Inc., a provider of server management software and network storage software, has bought Turbolinuxs PowerCockpit for an undisclosed amount. PowerCockpit is a solution for deploying and provisioning software and for managing groups of Linux and Windows PC servers and blade servers over a network and in grid computing environments. This move follows Turbolinuxs announcement last August that it had sold its Linux software business to Japanese software group Software Research Associates Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Turbolinux became a division of SRA and is now headquartered in Tokyo.
At that time, a company spokesman told eWEEK that the former U.S.-based Turbolinux would retain its server provisioning software business based on the PowerCockpit product line.
Cliff Miller, Mountain View Datas president and CEO, was a co-founder of Turbolinux and served as its president and CEO until 2000, when he left to establish Mountain View Data. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Miller, who is in Japan, could not be immediately reached for further comment. "As demand increases for racks of commodity PC servers that host content, applications and services, enterprises of all sizes must be able to quickly deploy and re-deploy several types of servers—and then manage the software on those servers. PowerCockpit dramatically simplifies that process. "What distinguishes Mountain View Data is that we can now combine our other software components—such as network attached storage and real-time data synchronization—with PowerCockpit," Miller said in a statement. Mountain View Data has already licensed PowerCockpit to CoroSoft, which provides solutions for virtualizing complex datacenter infrastructures and which will embed the technology into its products and will work with Mountan View Data to develop and market PowerCockpit. The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, which cooperates with the National Institute of Health on projects like brain tumor visualization and works with the Department of Energy on combustion and computational fluid dynamics projects, also uses PowerCockpit on its clusters. Miller said Mountain View Data is establishing a program for developers so that third parties can create PowerCockpit module applications for vertical markets. PowerCockpit Version 2.0 will be available in mid-March, he said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

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