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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-09-04 Print this article Print

For its part, XIOtech, of Eden Prairie, Minn., on Monday at OracleWorld is rolling out technology that promises to hack the two- to three-days-long configuring of each Linux server that supports an Oracle9i RAC (Real Application Clusters) setup. With clusters typically relying on some eight to 10 servers, enterprises can be looking at a 24- to 30-day rollout, according to XIOtech officials. The company is pledging that its new product, Magnitude RAC Pack, will get an eight-server cluster up and running within 24 hours of initial deployment.
Rebel Brown, the companys executive vice president of marketing, said that MRP slashes deployment time because its preconfigured for Linux servers. That preconfiguration is tuned for specific customers and copied for as many servers as are involved. She pointed to a recent six-server RAC deployment at W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.—a manufacturer best known for its GORETEX fabrics—that took less than 6 hours to deploy, including unboxing and setting up cables.
Pricing depends on an enterprises capacity and the number of servers involved. Separately, SofTrek—maker of fundraising software—is launching Appitat, a division that will deliver hosted, Web-based IT outsourcing and applications using Oracle9iAS technology, the company announced on Wednesday. The services will include programming, Web services, integration, reporting and e-commerce. Appitat will host the services in a facility that features 24-hour monitoring, 128-bit encryption and SSL, redundant Internet connections, and redundant power supplies and system backups, said officials of the Buffalo, N.Y., company.

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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