Clustering options

Justin Hopper jhopper at
Tue Nov 23 00:42:42 GMT 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-22 at 16:09, Matt Olander wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 22, 2004 at 04:11:26PM -0800, Justin Hopper wrote:
> > I was waiting for some activity on this list so that I wouldn't just
> > join and blurt out a question, but so far I haven't seen any messages on
> > this list.
> yeah, it's pretty quiet on here ;)
> > My question is pretty general: what hardware clustering options are
> > there for FreeBSD?  I was looking at the Appro Clustering product that
> > they have, but they list only Linux and Windoze as supported OSes.  I
> > scoured their site looking for documentation on exactly how their
> > clustering appliance works, like how it actually presents itself to the
> > OS as a unified piece of hardware, but I could find no documentation at
> > this level.  The idea of using a blade-style system seems appealing, if
> > it worked in FreeBSD, which is the only operating system that we use for
> > production servers.
> company resells Intel's blade solution, which is the one that
> was co-developed with IBM. but it's not really a 'hardware clustering'
> option. what are you trying to get it to do? are you looking for
> computational clustering, or high availability?

My term of "hardware clustering" might have been incorrect.  I'm looking
more for high availability, but a large pool of resources would be
beneficial as well.  It would be ideal to have a system where you can
add new blades as more resources become necessary, instead of adding
individual servers which each run their own OS and have their own pool
of resources.

Justin Hopper  <jhopper at>
UNIX Systems Engineer
Hosting Division of Digital Oasys Inc.

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