Open Source tools for managing Dell Servers
colin at forrester.co.uk
Mon Jun 18 10:37:00 CDT 2001
I run a server farm for Forrester, currently consisting of 24 servers. I'm
looking to expand this farm in the future. One of the key things I'm
looking for in the new servers is remote management of the units - for
example, being able to remotely reboot, check fan and disk status, etc. I'm
evaluating units at the moment.
Dell servers can technically do everything I need, and we have a corporate
policy of buying Dell equipment. However, I can't use binary drivers. I
don't trust RedHat 7.0 or 7.1 sufficiently to put it into production - and
I run Oracle 8i on some of these servers, which is only certified on RedHat
I run the latest 2.2 kernel - to ensure that I've got the latest security
fixes, and the latest performance enhancements. Kernel 2.4 has not yet
proved itself to me. This means that I need to be able to compile my own
kernel from source.
For these reasons, I need source to kernel modules, so that I can
recompile. I wish to integrate the management software with other tools
that I already run, so source to them is useful as well.
Dell is not currently on my list of potential suppliers, because the
drivers are not available in a format that I can use them. Currently, VA
Linux, and Penguin Computing both provide products that fit my
requirements, and so I will be suggesting their use. Should Dell provide
Open Source management tools, then I will change my recommendation to Dell.
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