ServersServerWatch News Briefs for April 18, 2004

ServerWatch News Briefs for April 18, 2004

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This Week’s Swatches

This week: The ASF released version 1.1b4 of Xindice; Zeus Technology unveiled an application-centric traffic management and load balancing solution; and Stratus and Quantum have come together to make Stratus’ ftServer available with the Quantum SDLT 600.

ASF Brings Xindice 1.1 to Beta for the Fourth Time

The Apache Software Foundation released of the version 1.1b4 of the Xindice native XML database on Monday. This is the fourth release in the series of 1.1 beta releases. Xindice 1.1b4 fixes a number of bugs found in the last beta release. It also offers a variety of new features and enhancements.

Key changes include:

  • The addition of a xindice command line tool to the jar distribution and the war distribution
  • The removal of an Eclipse user interface plugin
  • Support for MetaData for Binary resources
  • Implemented close() in Collection, IndexManager
  • XML-RPC interface now passes XMLDBException codes as XML-RPC faults

A complete list of changes is available at

Apache Xindice (pronounced zeen-dee-chay) is a native XML database. It is the continuation of the project once known as dbXML Core. The dbXML source code was donated to the Apache Software Foundation in December of 2001.

According to the ASF, native XML solutions are advantageous because they do not need to be mapped to another data structure: Data is inserted as XML and retrieved as XML. Xindice uses XPath for its query language and XML:DB XUpdate for its update language. An implementation of the XML:DB API for Java development is available, and Xindice is currently accessible from other languages using an available XML-RPC plugin.

Source and binary distributions compiled with JDK 1.3.1 are
available on the download page. Comments and suggestions should be sent via the Xindice mailing lists. Bug reports and patches are being accepted via Bugzilla.

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Zeus Adds Traffic Manager to Product Portfolio

Zeus Technology Thursday released Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager, an application-centric traffic management and load balancing solution.

Zeus Technology CEO John Paterson described the product as “the first of a new generation of traffic managers designed to add value to applications as well as fulfilling all network load balancing requirements.”

According to the vendor, it does so through control, intelligence, security, and resilience. A high level of functionality and availability is also present.

Extensible Traffic Manager features it own advanced TrafficScript control language, N+M scalability, deep content inspection, intelligent Web Services routing, and end-to-end traffic security to translate business logic into traffic management decisions. It is thus able to differentiate services, handle application failures to safeguard service availability, automate complex recovery tasks, and provide richer information with finer-grained control.

The tool also features the same built-in SSL acceleration found in other Zeus offerings.

Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager runs on Linux (x86 and IA64, 2.4 kernel), FreeBSD (version 4), and Solaris (SPARC and x86 versions 8 and 9). Pricing details can be obtained directly from Zeus.

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Quantum Add Tape Drives to Stratus’ Fault Tolerant Servers

Stratus Technologies and Quantum have joined forces to make Stratus’ ftServer available with the Quantum SDLT 600, starting now.

The Stratus ftServer family is a line of 1-to-4 way SMP fault-tolerant Intel processor-based servers for Microsoft Windows Advanced Server and Server 2003 Enterprise Edition computing environments. It claims a better than 99.999 percent uptime reliability for both the hardware and operating system.

According to Quantum, the SDLT 600 provides one of the lowest cost per gigabyte of any midrange tape drive available today. It effectively addresses the needs of increased demands for storage capacity and higher performance to meet shrinking backup windows, as well as to enable faster data recovery with a compressed capacity of 600 GB and a transfer rate of 72 MB/s (300 GB native, 36 MB/s native).

The Quantum SDLT 600 offers full backward read compatibility to SDLT 320, SDLT 220 and DLT VS160 drive users. Quantum SDLT 600 customers can also use DLTSage, Quantum’s suite of intelligent management software built into the drive’s firmware. DLTSage enables proactive monitoring of drive and media performance, and makes it easier for IT administrators to avoid downtime and maintain business continuity. The SDLT 600 is available in both Fibre Channel and Ultra 160 SCSI LVD interfaces, making it suitable for NAS and SAN environments.

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