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POLYSERVE UNVEILS MATRIX MANAGER FOR LINUX-BASED SERVER.

PolyServe, Inc., Beaverton, Ore., has introduced a breakthrough in utility computing for mission-critical applications with the unveiling of the PolyServe Matrix Manager for Linux-based server and storage clusters. Capacity upgrades that formerly consumed nights and weekends can now be easily performed during normal working hours. Matrix Manager allows server and storage resources to be added instantaneously to applications and applications to be moved between servers with virtually no production down time.

Matrix Manager creates a visual grid by mapping applications against server and storage resources available in the computing utility. Data center managers can then monitor multi-server and multi-application status and adjust capacity by dragging-and-dropping servers on applications. For file serving, there is no disruption in application service levels and the new capacity is immediately available. For database applications, the pause in response time is imperceptible as applications are moved between servers.

"Matrix Manager puts the power of our shared data clustering solutions at the fingertips of systems managers," said Mike Stankey, CEO of PolyServe. "Matrix Server provides a bullet-proof, high-performance infrastructure that simple server virtualization solutions cannot match. Matrix Manager now makes it easy to deliver on service-level agreements for mission-critical applications. We not only save companies money, but also give people their nights and weekends back."

Matrix Manager is available now as part of PolyServe Matrix Server 3.1 shared data clustering software. In addition to the control panel capabilities of Matrix Manager, Matrix Server 3.1 integrates a cluster file system, cluster volume manager and high-availability services to provide a platform for true utility computing. Up to 16 industry-standard servers can be combined to form high-performance file serving or database utilities with shared access to data, superior fault tolerance and dynamic adjustments to capacity to reflect application needs.

About Matrix Server 3.1

Among enhancements to Matrix Server 3.1 are: Matrix Manager, which incorporates the new PolyServe Dynamic Re-Hosting(TM) function that allows applications to be moved between servers in less than 30 seconds with a single click of the mouse and a new performance dashboard; full 64-bit support for Intel EM64T and AMD Opteron for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 and Novell SUSE SLES 9.0; new storage resource management features; and support for asynchronous I/O.

Matrix Manager improves the usability of Matrix Server and delivers on the promise of utility computing, with Dynamic Re-Hosting(TM) enabling drag-and- drop resource allocations from server to server across a cluster. Matrix Manager enables this flexible re-hosting of applications, users and groups across servers in the cluster. Right-sizing servers based on workload requirements is easier than ever.

The new performance dashboard delivers performance-monitoring capabilities for collecting, analyzing and displaying cluster statistics. The tool's graphical interface enables system administrators to quickly view and detect performance metrics across a cluster for simplified analysis and capacity planning. Matrix Manager also includes a facility for linking into common systems management packages, such as HP OpenView.

The full 64-bit support for both Red Hat 4.0 and SUSE SLES 9.0 enables larger, higher performance databases through more addressable memory and higher throughput for advanced file serving. Matrix Server supports reliable, rolling upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit applications. Matrix Server also supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 and SUSE SLES 8.

New enforceable and advisory quotas enable finer-grained management of storage resources across the cluster. Matrix Server automates once-manual storage management processes and lets administrators optimize storage usage based on corporate guidelines, resulting in reduced storage waste.

Added support for asynchronous I/O provides standard Linux asynchronous IO (AIO) calls, optimized for running databases benefiting from AIO directly on Matrix Server nodes in the cluster.

Matrix Server 3.1 comes on the heels of PolyServe's recently unveiled UnAppliance strategy and announcement of PolyServe software as the technology foundation for the HP Enterprise File Services Clustered Gateway. At the center of this strategy is the PolyServe File Serving Solution powered by Matrix Server 3.1. The solution allows customers to harness multiple cost-effective server and storage elements to replace and render obsolete self-contained network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.

About PolyServe

PolyServe, Inc. is a leading provider of software for enabling utility computing on Linux and Microsoft Windows(R) in enterprise data centers. PolyServe's unique shared data clustering software virtualizes industry-standard servers and storage as a single system to set new price-performance standards for file serving and server consolidation. In addition to its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe has a Microsoft development center in Bellevue, Wash. It also has sales and support offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Minneapolis, New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

For more information about PolyServe, visit http://www.polyserve.com, or call 877/476-5973 or call 503/546-1000.
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