Stingers clustering credentials

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-05-04 Print this article Print

Stingers an attempt to re-solidify IBMs King of Grid mantle, and from the looks of it, its likely going to be a persuasive move. For example, Larry Bazinett, director of business development at Fremont, Calif.-based VA Software, says his company isnt using clusters yet, but theyve got the IBM hardware to do it. The company is a staunch DB2 convert after converting from the open-source PostgreSQL database back in January 2003, and is certainly looking at the possibility of deploying clusters down the road.
VA Software uses DB2 to run the sites that form the beating heart of the open-source community, including the Open-Source Development Network (OSDN) sites freshmeat, Geocrawler,, NewsForge, Slashdot and With that venerable list of open-source sites, its not surprising when IBM puts out customer testimonials, including one from OSDN, that point to Big Blue as being one of the perceived "good guys" in the open-source community. These sites are growing like wildfire, just like the open-source movement itself. The nine OSDN sites are adding some 750 users and 70 open-source projects per day. The last time I spoke with Bazinett, a few months back, the sites were seeing some 12 million unique visitors a month and getting 2 million page views. Today theyre getting 16.1 million unique visitors per month and 250 million unique page views Bazinett told me that the security, manageability and high availability that come with an enterprise database are what drove VA Softwares choice to migrate from PostgreSQL, as well as the 1-800 support structure. But when it came down to a choice between whether Oracle or IBM would fit the bill as the open-source database of choice, Bazinett said IBMs one-stop shopping was what really sold VA Software. Theyre running DB2 8.1 on xSeries hardware, so theres never any guessing with hardware-software mismatches. Next page: The one battlefield Microsoft doesnt enter.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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