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IBM new Linux database clusters.

IBM have announced new Linux database clusters designed to help businesses of any size implement a data centre based on IBM DB2 Universal Database for Linux and the IBM eServer 325 systems that IBM has also introduced.

The new IBM DB2 Integrated Cluster Environment (DB2 ICE) offers 1,000 server nodes. A business running a 1,000-node cluster can manage 16 exabytes of information

Customers, it is claimed, can deploy nodes at a rate of four an hour, and fully implement a 40-node configuration in less than two days.

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Clusters are a series of connected servers, network switches and storage systems that spread tasks across server nodes. To meet the computing demand of a growing business, clusters can increase the availability and power of an IT environment. For clusters to successfully scale, databases need to expand in tandem with the addition of new nodes, yet not rely on just one source of memory in case of bottlenecks or failures.

In order that customers can plan and deploy a cluster that best meets their needs, IBM is making DB2 ICE available for testing and experimentation at its Solution Partnership Centres, Linux Integration Centres and Technology Exploration Centres. IBM is also offering a flee toolkit for customers looking to migrate to DB2 ICE from other databases.

DB2 for Linux is the first commercial database generally available for the 64-bit AMD Opteron platform, such as those used in the new IBM eServer 325. DB2 ICE on AMD Opteron processors provides customers with native access to DB2's 64-bit database environment, while providing compatibility with existing 32-bit applications.

DB2 ICE provides the building blocks for scalable Linux database clustering, including:

* DB2 Universal Database and DB2 Express.

* IBM eServer 325 and eServer xSeries x335, x345, x445, BladeCenter or Linux Cluster 1350 eServers, with choice of Intel 32 bit or AMD 64 bit Processors.

* SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 or RedHat Advanced Server 2.1 operating system.

* Voltaire MniBand Database Kit for clustering, high-speed networking and storage connectivity

* Tivoli System Automation for Linux

* Certified support for SAP solutions such as SAP R/3, mySAP CRM and mySAP

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For more information on DB2 ICE, visit www.ibm.com/db2/linux/ice.
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