For Immediate Release
Date: November 29, 2012
Contact: CJ Fearnley, (610) 734-1900
LinuxForce releases new Case Study on Cluster Services
Philadelphia, PA 29 November 2012 LinuxForce, Inc. announced
today a new case study documenting the firm's effort with The Franklin
Institute Science Museum to improve system reliability for the Institute's
public facing web sites. LinuxForce Cluster Services designs, provisions,
and maintains redundant, high availability (HA) clustered servers.
The case study can be read on-line at http://www.linuxforce.net/casestudies.html?article=2012.11#article.
The text of the case study follows:
LINUXFORCE SERVICE: LinuxForce Cluster Services
ORGANIZATION: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
DESCRIPTION: Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute
is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology
learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania's most
visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning
about science by offering access to hands-on science education. The
Institute has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array
of internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and
discussions. The Institute relies heavily on technology and particularly
Information Technology (IT) as important foundational systems in order
to fulfill its mission. Of the three IT systems operating at the Franklin
Institute, one of the most important is the public facing web site because
that is how many people are introduced to the Institute, how they find out
about exhibits, educational programs and the very popular IMAX Theater.
BUSINESS CHALLENGE: As with many growing, vibrant organizations,
The Franklin Institute found itself adding new public facing web site
servers as their educational programs expanded and as their dependence
on technology grew. The end result of this configuration was larger than
necessary server maintenance expenses and increased levels of downtime.
LinuxForce was consulted and brought in to analyze the situation and
propose a solution.
LINUXFORCE SOLUTION: After a thorough analysis of Franklin
Institute's public facing web site infrastructure, the existing server
configuration and future needs, LinuxForce recommended a customized,
LinuxForce-developed, server-cluster configuration running the Debian
GNU/Linux Operating System, a collection of software based around the
Linux kernel, pre-configured for ease of installation, administration,
and use. The Debian Operating System is designed for easy upgrades with
minimum downtime. This configuration also allowed for the repurposing
of existing equipment resulting in minimized investment in new equipment
RESULTS: The LinuxForce customized cluster-server configuration all but
eliminates system downtime. It also improves system reliability. In
addition, the monthly operating costs for this clustered server
configuration were a full 25% less than the previous configuration,
after amortizing the investment in up-to-date server equipment and the
installation of the Operating System. This clustered server configuration
is now running the Franklin Institute public facing web site, and from
the comments of Kathryn Giorgianni, Director of Information Technology,
that you can read below, shows how successful this clustered server
configuration has been. This LinuxForce-developed, server-cluster
configuration has reduced operating costs, enhanced reliability and now
allows for easy upgrades with only planned system downtime.
NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "We are very happy with LinuxForce and their customized
Clustered-Server platform running the Debian Operating System. This
clustered configuration does not require specialized shared storage,
does not require identical kinds of server equipment, and does not
require the same software release, making it much less expensive to
configure and operate. Because the software is open source, there are no
licensing fees. We have also found LinuxForce to be a great company to
work with." &emdash; Kathryn Giorgianni, Director of Information Technology,
the Franklin Institute.
About LinuxForce Inc.
provides complete IT solutions through customized IT projects and 24x7
network monitoring, systems administration, and support. Skilled
in the development, implementation, management and support
of Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in Debian
GNU/Linux and Ubuntu, LinuxForce offers companies, non-profits,
government agencies and educational institutions the ability to
leverage low cost, yet advanced, open-source IT solutions for a
wide range of business needs. For more information on LinuxForce,
Remote Responder℠, or help with IT projects, e-mail
sales@LinuxForce.net, or call (610) 734-1900. Visit The company's
blog "Managing FOSS for Business Results" on-line at http://blog.LinuxForce.net.
Visit LinuxForce on the Web at http://www.LinuxForce.net.
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