Multi-server NT clusters are due from Compaq by the end of next year, according to an internal document outlining the hardware vendor's clustering strategy.
Following a tie-up with Tandem, Compaq will incorporate the company's Servernet router-based technology into its clustering architecture, which currently supports only two servers. This will enable future clusters to support more than two machines and external shared storage.
In the first half of 1997, Compaq expects to deliver a two-server configuration running Windows NT in parallel.
As well as offering failover functions the new versions will soup up performance through the use of Servernet components. They will also link to external storage through a fibre channel interconnect.
Later in the year this will be followed by a multi-server failover solution that will employ Microsoft's Wolfpack clustering technology. Wolf-pack is due to be introduced in the first quarter of 1997
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