IBM has added Cyclades technology as a component of its cluster portfolio, broadening the IBM eServer Cluster 1350 to include the Cyclades AlterPath ACS console server. Cyclades console servers are an out-of-band infrastructure (OOBI) solution.
They allow customers to locally or remotely manage IT assets within networks of clustered computers through alternate paths to gain improved productivity and to help safeguard IT operations against unplanned disruptions. The combination of Cyclades AlterPath ACS and the IBM eServer Cluster 1350 gives IBM enterprise customers the flexibility to run mission-critical applications across high-performance Linux clusters with greater reliability and security.
Linux clustering continues to gain momentum across industries as bandwidth requirements escalate in support of increasingly complex and interconnected applications and services. The IBM Cluster 1350 system speeds time-to-productivity by simplifying configuration, installation, integration and testing. The addition of the Cyclades AlterPath ACS provides an integrated OOBI for enhanced reliability and manageability, to create a solution capable of delivering seamless computing power and increased productivity.
The AlterPath ACS enables secure connectivity and remote access to IBM cluster environments. Security features include secure clustering, secure shell (SSHv1 and SSHv2) connections, RADIUS/LDAP authentication, IP filtering and user access lists per port. The AlterPath ACS provides increased reliability during critical times with its optional dual-entry, redundant power supply (ac/dc) feature.
PCMCIA slots allow support for interface cards including Ethernet, modems (V.92, GSM, ISDN), fibre and wireless LAN. The AlterPath ACS uses the inherent advantages of the Linux operating system, giving IBM users the freedom to customise its operation, modifying or adding features as needed.