Database Vendor Enhances Clustering for IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server
Xkoto releases a new version of its GridScale software for IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server with new clustering technology. The company's technology is also available on Amazon EC2, a move that could help organizations overcome barriers to running in the cloud, officials say.Database virtualization vendor Xkoto has its eye on enhancing cloud computing and cluster management for Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2. The company released GridScale 5.1, the latest version of its software, Sept. 29 with a new cluster management system to improve the performance of transaction processing applications. For organizations pursuing cloud computing, Xkoto took the step of making the software available on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a move that could help push IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server adoption in the cloud by allowing enterprises to overcome limitations on server capacity and a lack of shared storage.
"Stateless systems like Web and application servers can scale out via traditional clustering of servers abstracted by a load balancer," Charlie Ungashick, vice president of marketing at Xkoto. "However, databases are stateful systems ... [and] public cloud infrastructure lacks the ability to provision shared storage and high-speed interconnects between virtual machines to support traditional clustering. GridScale's active-active architecture eliminates these dependencies, since it load balances database requests to all underlying databases without these shared resources."