Toucan server sports two nodes to ensure availability for net services

Toucan server sports two nodes to ensure availability for net services




Compaq's server cluster has maximum RAID storage of 250G. All components can be accessed from the front except for power cords and network interfaces.


By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

A low-cost, two-node server cluster to be released this fall by Compaq Computer Corp. will maintain high availability for file and print services, e-mail, databases, Web serving and other common functions on networks running Novell NetWare 4 or Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0.

The 17-inch Toucan cube chassis can house up to two 550- or 600-MHz Pentium III ProLiant servers, each with up to 1G RAM.

It accommodates as many as six hot-plug RAID drives, dual hot-plug RAID controllers, dual fans and power supplies, CD-ROM and floppy drives, and a keyboard-video-monitor switch for administering the separate nodes.

The maximum RAID storage is 250G. All components are accessible from the front except for power cords and network interfaces. The chassis has casters but can be rack-mounted.

Failover under Microsoft Cluster Server, part of the preinstalled NT Enterprise Edition, takes about 20 seconds and can protect applications on both nodes or only one, said Compaq high-availability marketing director Vince Gayman.



Compaq bundles its Insight Manager Extended Edition software for remote cluster administration by Web browser.

New look

Gayman said the nodes are a modified ProLiant 1860R server design. The two motherboards have a short cable between them to detect failure, backed up by a network connection.

The Toucan configuration will probably start around $15,000, he said.

Compaq also announced the TaskSmart
C-series caching server to speed up delivery of Internet content to multiple networked users under Unix, NT and NetWare.

The so-called appliance server starts at $9,999.

Contact Compaq at 281-514-3113.

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