Sistina, Mainline Team on Linux on the Mainframe

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-11-05 Print this article Print

Duo formed an alliance to deliver a Linux-based data-sharing solution for the IBM S/390 and zSeries platforms.

Storage company Sistina Software and solutions provider Mainline Information Systems Inc. have formed an alliance to deliver a Linux-based data-sharing solution for the IBM S/390 and zSeries platforms. The companies have ported the Sistina Global File System (GFS) to the IBM eServer zSeries platform for the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. Sistinas GFS is an enterprise-class cluster file system on Linux that enables data-sharing solutions for organizations requiring high performance, scalable and robust storage solutions. "GFS allows a customer to avoid dead-end architectures by allowing them to incrementally add more compute power and more storage and I/O capacity without having to stop and re-architect the application environment," said Joaquin Ruiz, vice president of product management at Sistina, in an interview.
Running GFS in this environment allows Linux applications that are written and configured to run in a single platform environment to now migrate to this new environment where tens to hundreds of Linux instances can access the same set of data and application configuration files in a shared storage environment, he said.
"We have had strong demand for the beta program, with latent demand from the manufacturing and banking sectors. The product will exit beta in December, at which time we intend to showcase a number of key customers benefiting from this solution," Ruiz said. Customers who are already using Sistinas cluster file system software in their existing enterprise would not have to change their storage infrastructure as they consolidated outboard servers to the Linux zSeries system, officials said. "The alliance between Sistina and Mainline adds valuable features to solution stacks based on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for zSeries," said Holger Dyroff, who heads the U.S. operations of SuSE Linux, in Oakland, Calif. "Sistina proves its lead in file systems and storage software solutions, such as the Logical Volume Manager, while Mainline adds a critical component to its portfolio of products and services for the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server," he said. Sistina supports many Linux distributions, including the standard distribution as well as the various commercial distributions like Red Hat and SuSE. In the latest GFS 5.1 release, Sistina has integrated all the patches that required by these large Linux distributors. Sistina also provides the logical volume manager (LVM) component in the standard Linux distribution, which is, in turn, distributed by the major Linux players like Red Hat, SuSE and Sun. Under the new alliance, Mainline will offer Sistinas software as part of its portfolio of Linux solutions and services. Services include assessment, design, installation, implementation, migration, and porting, along with Linux zSeries support. "The addition of Sistinas powerful, proven storage infrastructure software eliminates many of our customers storage headaches, by enabling numerous Linux servers to share a single file system. This dramatically decreases the overall total-cost-of-ownership for server migration," said Rick Kearney, CEO and president of Mainline Information Systems, Inc.
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.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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