It's all in the mind.

As a guy who does a lot of work with server and RAID platforms I’m often involved in testing and evaluating the latest developments in file server technology.

I’ve been inundated lately with vendors expounding the benefits of clustering, high-availability and fault-tolerant technologies to increase the reliability of NT and NetWare running on Pentium Pro server platforms.

Recovering RAID servers may not be necessary if APIs are right.

Before IT managers buy into these claims, there are issues that must be resolved before high reliability levels can be achieved.

Clustering, for example, won’t be generally accepted as a standard until off-the-shelf applications are widely supported with open APIs. This means vendors must abandon the proprietary clustering methods of today.

Unfortunately, clustered server schemes (the holy grail of networking) are wrought with software dependencies and proprietary API calls. Clustering, whether used for high availability or performance scalability, is overly complicated to

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The idea behind the WebHawk is to provide an embedded and low-cost solution for mobile professionals to maintain communications via a private network that uses public and/or private communications services worldwide. The card can act as either a client or as a server, or can simply be used by other applications as a modem. If need be, the card can be removed from a laptop computer and with an ac adapter, can be left connected to a telephone line to operate in a stand-alone mode. The design also can be incorporated into other devices such as handheld personal data assistants (PDAs).

Menagery is creating two software technologies to achieve what it calls universal interoperability (UIO). The WebHawk includes full Internet protocols and a complete ISO network model, including a full TCP/IP stack. It is based on the universal resource locator (URL) and is compliant with both the common object request

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