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07 April 2011, 11:20

High Availability Working Group created for Linux

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The Linux Foundation has announced the creation of a High Availability Working Group to bring together the relevant leading experts in the industry to help define and speed up the development of the technologies needed to improve high availability (HA) for Linux. The Foundation's announcement stated that the new group will "bring together projects and stakeholders to collaboratively define the open source HA software stack and prioritize features based on input from developers, vendors, and customers."

High Availability is defined by the Linux Foundation and others as up-time of 99.999% or better. Clustering servers helps achieve higher availability than individual machines, and many Linux distributions – such as Debian, Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu – have HA technology available. The new workgroup is intended to bring the expertise behind these different technologies together to create a single set of open standards for HA Linux systems. Among other projects that will participate, the announcement lists corosync, DRBD, GFS2, hawk, Linux-HA, Linux Virtual Server, luci, OCFS2, Open Clustering Framework, and pacemaker.

Novell's Lars Marowsky-Brée, one of the founders of the new working group, is speaking this week (7 April) at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, where the details of the group are being announced. The HA Working Group members are then scheduled to have a mini-summit immediately before October's LinuxCon Europe.


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