SOURCE: Linux Networx

August 20, 2007 09:00 ET

Linux Networx Announces Clusterworx Advanced to Help Eliminate Cluster Complexity

New, Comprehensive Cluster Management Software Solution Helps Sites Manage Heterogeneous Linux Clusters, Optimize High Performance Computing Investments

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - Linux Networx, an award-winning provider of Linux-based, production-ready High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, today announced the availability of Clusterworx Advanced, its new, comprehensive cluster management software. Clusterworx Advanced enables administrators to easily install, manage and monitor complex heterogeneous computing clusters. Rather than relying on multiple software solutions or manual processes, administrators can now manage clusters as an integrated system from a single point of control, resulting in unprecedented power, improved system performance and increased uptime while reducing system administration costs and overhead.

Clusterworx Advanced product features include:

--  System Monitoring -- increases user productivity -- comprehensive
    monitoring to immediately detect system problems ensuring system health and
    uptime.
    
--  Automated System Management -- improves performance and reliability --
    automated actions enable issues to be addressed immediately before the
    entire system is degraded.
    
--  Version Controlled Image Management -- increases reliability and
    recoverability -- controlled changes reduces risk of system failure, allows
    quick roll-backs to previous versions.
    
--  Multicast Provisioning and Updating -- reduces system downtime --
    broadcasting updates to the entire cluster at once delivers greater system
    availability and end-user productivity.
    
--  Heterogeneous Platform Management -- monitor and manage computing
    systems from different manufacturers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard
    allowing a single point of management.
    
--  Graphical User Interface -- increases productivity, reduces training
    costs -- easy to use interface reduces need for specialized training,
    reduces workload.
    

"HPC customers around the world struggle with system management and optimizing their clusters," remarked Earl Joseph, Program Vice President, High Performance Computing for IDC. "Products like Clusterworx Advanced offer an important solution to the rapidly growing number of HPC users who need better management tools to help them manage complex clusters and integrate them into heterogeneous environments."

Clusterworx Advanced is bundled along with Linux Networx' HPC fully integrated, validated and tuned solutions, which include tailored hardware configurations, visualization capabilities, high performance storage, training and professional services. The solutions are designed to help solve the complex scientific problems in the aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas and federal government segments.

"Clusterworx Advanced has greatly simplified the management of our clustered HPC computing environment, and it has reduced component failures and system downtime, and increased the productivity of our geophysicists," said Dr. Alan R. Huffman, President & CEO of Fusion Petroleum Technologies Inc. of The Woodlands, Texas. "As a leading provider of integrated geophysical and geological solutions for the most challenging exploration and production problems facing the petroleum industry, the Clusterworx Advanced solution is critical to the effective and efficient management of our cluster environments. It also provides the level of support required to expand our cluster environment across multiple facilities around the globe. By reducing the complexity of our cluster system management through its streamlined interface, automated system management, and enterprise integration, Linux Networx is enabling Fusion to focus on our core business while leveraging the combined power of fully-integrated cluster computation and visualization technology."

"Linux Networx is excited to introduce our new comprehensive cluster management solution to Fusion Petroleum Technologies and other industry-leading companies, and we are firmly committed to helping our customers get the highest return possible on their clustered computing investments," said Jack Kenney, CEO of Linux Networx. "Our high-performance computing solutions consistently deliver the price and performance on which our customers have come to rely."

Linux Networx is convinced that customers will quickly derive value from Clusterworx Advanced, and is thus offering a special Jump-Start 30-day cost and risk free trial program for those wishing to pilot the Clusterworx Advanced solution before they purchase it. For Jump-Start or product pricing information, contact Mark Greer at Linux Networx, 801-649-1247.

About Linux Networx

Linux Networx is a leading provider of production-ready High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster solutions. The company's solutions eliminate cluster complexity and optimize solution performance, power and productivity through practical innovation, enabling their customers to dramatically accelerate their business and mission critical results. Linux Networx has delivered over 500 systems to more than 200 customers around the world. Our global customer base represents industry leaders ranging from Boeing in aerospace; BMW, DaimlerChrysler AG, Audi, Caterpillar and John Deere in heavy manufacturing; Total, Schlumberger and Shell Oil in the oil and gas industry; and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Department of Defense in the government arena. The company has received numerous honors, including HPCWire Editor and Reader's Choice Awards for Most Innovative Technology and Best Price/Performance. For more information about Linux Networx, visit www.linuxnetworx.com.

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