IBM is to launch pre-configured cluster systems in an attempt to improve the take-up of such systems. The products have been designed to run on Linux and Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 and will include networking technology from companies such as Cisco.

In addition, IBM has launched several initiatives to allow SMEs and the departments of large enterprises to integrate their servers into computing clusters designed for high-performance computing tasks.

ISVs (independent software vendors) and business partners will receive tools to help them introduce IBM's cluster systems. These include sizing guides with predefined cluster configurations for simple ordering and installation. IBM business partners have access to the company's Cluster Enablement Team for technical questions and advice.

For customers, software vendors and business partners running Microsoft cluster servers, IBM has four new benchmarking facilities in Poughkeepsie, New York, Raleigh, North Carolina, Beaverton, Oregon and Montpelier, France. These centers join a network of global Linux benchmark centres.

IBM offers a range of products that support computing clusters, including its System x, System p and BladeCenter servers, as well as the IBM System Storage and IBM System Cluster 1350.

Original story by IDG news service