For Immediate Release
Date: December 15, 2011
Contact: CJ Fearnley, (610) 734-1900
Announcing LinuxForce Cluster Services
Philadelphia, PA 15 December 2011 LinuxForce, Inc. announced today the
availability of LinuxForce Cluster Services℠, a new IT (Information
Technology) service offering. LinuxForce Cluster Services℠
design, provision, and maintain redundant, high availability (HA)
clustered servers. HA servers are needed by organizations to assure a
reliable system for delivery of critical business applications whether
on-site, colocated, or "in the cloud". LinuxForce's advanced approach
to implementing HA server clusters protect valuable data and assure
continuity for virtualized systems while minimizing overall costs and
maximizing performance without burdening existing staff.
In brief, the service works by configuring several Linux servers in
a cluster for redundancy. Each server individually hosts critical
data on Linux virtual machines (VMs) that are then replicated to
other physical servers in the cluster by redundant shared storage.
Redundancy significantly reduces the risk of downtime from any single
point of hardware failure, provides spare capacity to support upgrades
and migrations, and allows businesses to safely operate older systems
for more years before replacement.
LinuxForce designs and implements each cluster specifically for the
needs of the client business based on system design requirements, Linux
best practices for high-availability, security, redundancy and ease
of failover. The cluster design permits load balancing between servers
within the cluster to maximize performance.
LinuxForce Cluster Services℠ provides these HA systems designed
and configured completely with FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)
to eliminate expensive licensing costs. FOSS components include Debian
GNU/Linux or Ubuntu for the operating system, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual
Machine) for virtualization, DRBD (Distributed Replicated Block Device)
for shared storage, and Pacemaker to constantly monitor operational
status, detect service failures and automatically migrate VMs in the
redundant infrastructure. LinuxForce Cluster Services℠ typically
include the configuration of additional FOSS tools such as Nagios and
Munin to support monitoring of system availability and performance so
that problems can be discovered and corrected quickly.
"Our cluster solutions are developed with the decades of experience
and the talent of LinuxForce's dedicated staff", said LinuxForce CEO,
CJ Fearnley. Mr. Fearnley also noted that "it is remarkable how FOSS
enables organizations to benefit from solutions that previously required
proprietary software investments that only larger organizations could
LinuxForce Cluster Services℠ are already supporting several
clients in the greater Philadelphia region including Aker Philadelphia
Shipyard, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, The Constitutional
Walking Tour of Philadelphia, and MostlyWeb.
LinuxForce offers its Remote Responder℠ service to provide
24x7 system monitoring, support and administration for cluster
infrastructure. Our open-source experts can proactively administer and
support clustered systems remotely using a secure connection. Moreover,
Remote Responder℠ services include "smart" technology programmed to
discover and correctively react to many situations before they become
problems. This improves cluster maintenance and saves organizations
and their IT staffs a significant amount of time and expense, while
maximizing up-time and productivity.
When the Remote Responder℠ service is combined with LinuxForce
Cluster Services℠ a client receives Linux server cluster design
and implementation; continuous upgrades of Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu
operating system and business applications; critical security upgrades;
service-level monitoring; shared data storage; and system auditing.
LinuxForce provides commercial IT services and support to businesses
throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, and to consult
with a LinuxForce expert about your business needs, call 610-734-1900.
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. cost, 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 https://www.LinuxForce.net.
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