Novell Cluster Services greatly simplifies SAN management. For example, you can manage resources on iSCSI or Fiber Channel SANs from any location, using any Java-enabled web browser. In addition, Novell Cluster Services is instrumental in building high-availability solutions. These solutions - particularly when coupled with a SAN solution - provide users and services with secure, uninterrupted access to your organization's critical data and applications.
Easy, non-stop access
When you deploy solutions based on Novell Cluster Services, your network resources are always available. Servers work together as groups that are called "clusters". If any servers need scheduled maintenance, or if one fails, the other servers in the cluster automatically and seamlessly absorb their resources and workloads, maintaining service and application availability. Application servers and users alike have 24/7 access to SAN-based storage, in part because SAN-management solutions fully support web-based and traditional applications on the cluster. In addition to this access, users and applications also receive essential storage resources via workstations running client software for NetWare, Linux, Macintosh, UNIX, web or Windows platforms.
With Novell Cluster Services, you can easily adjust your storage infrastructure to accommodate business growth. In fact, Novell Cluster Services supports up to 32 servers per cluster, with as many as 32 processors per server. You can add servers to a cluster dynamically - without interrupting users - and simply switch resources to the servers to provide optimal load balancing across the cluster. Combining these scalable clusters with SAN solutions ensures that users can always access critical resources, and your organization can meet growing business needs.
Lower management and storage costsProduct Highlights
By deploying Novell Cluster Services, you can significantly reduce the cost of SAN ownership. Novell Cluster Services offers several ways to boost SAN efficiency through built-in storage virtualization. For example, you can use fragments of unused disk space in your SAN as if they were a cohesive whole. Open Enterprise Server includes logical volume management integrated with Novell Cluster Services, which offers several ways to boost SAN efficiency through built-in storage virtualization.
- Allow for server maintenance during convenient production hours
- Improve user productivity
- Eliminate downtime for server maintenance
- Create the foundation for site-to-site failover
- Significantly reduce data-storage costs
- Simplify the management of storage and network resources
- Easily scale to accommodate expanding storage requirements
- Ensure non-stop access to network resources