Meeting Goals

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-05-08 Print this article Print

Robert said his company, which set up a three-way Oracle cluster on Linux that uses a shared file system, "has been a bear, what with the lack of documentation and problems with our backup program not being compatible. Im sure Microsoft will do a better job in this arena than Linux," Robert told eWEEK. Now that the Windows Compute Cluster Server code has met certain quality and performance goals and is suitable for production deployment by early adopter customers and partners, the product is on target to be released to manufacturers by the end of June, a Microsoft spokesman said.
So far, more than 30 customers are using Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 to solve their complex computational problems.
"The prescriptive setup procedures in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 simplify network configuration, the remote loading of nodes using Remote Installation Services, node configuration and security setup," the spokesperson said. The integrated Job Scheduler can be accessed via command-line interface or through several APIs provided for submitting and managing cluster workloads, while the job console allows customers to manage jobs in much the same fashion that they would queue and manage print jobs. In addition, Active Directory integration provides user and security management, while the Microsoft Management Console supports extensible snap-ins and integration with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005. Visual Studio 2005 allows developers to leverage their existing Windows-based skills when developing "massively parallel" applications and "embarrassingly parallel" applications, he said. At the other end of the software spectrum, the release candidate of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2, brings automated, network-wide patch and update management, giving users enhanced security and management; increased mailbox limits of 75GB (from 16GB); and expanded client access license (CAL) rights for access to additional Exchange 2003 and SQL 2005 Workgroup servers in the SBS 2003 R2 network. Earlier this year Microsoft hosted some 400 of its small and midsize customers and partners at the Redmond campus as part of its inaugural Small Business Summit titled "Take Your Business to the Next Level." Kevin Turner, Microsofts chief operating officer and former executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, used his opening keynote at that event to talk up its Small Business Server 2003 R2, show the new user interface and some features. Read more here about SBS 2003. Microsoft would only say that the SBS 2003 R2 product is on target for customer delivery later this year. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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