EnFuzion was key for Turbolinux as the company tried toits product line beyond software for the open-source Linux operating system. The EnFuzion assets became available this year as Turbolinux reorganized to on partitioning software and other non-Linux products.
Advantages of EnFuzion include its ability to work in mixed environments of Windows, Unix and Linux systems, letting companies cobble together a high-end computing system from existing hardware, said Axceleon CEO Michael Duffy. Clustering tasks can even be scheduled for off-hours, when a company's PCs or servers normally would be sitting idle.
"We've been talking to clients (about) how they can use clustering to leverage their existing IT investment," Duffy said.
Until recently, one of the limitations of clustering had been that it required home-brewed software or extensive customization of existing applications, an approach more suited to academic researchers than risk-averse businesses.
"In the past, people were doing it themselves, figuring out how to bolt a bunch of servers into a rack and get them to all talk to each other," Duffy said. "We want to work with our partners to build solution stacks, to come closer to turnkey solutions...The CIO wants to know when he goes to sleep at night that someone is backing this stuff up."
Along with acquiring the EnFuzion name and existing products, Axceleon has hired the EnFuzion development and technical team, which it said would let it provide consistent service to current EnFuzion users, such as J.P. Morgan, Procter & Gamble and CBS News.
"We want to keep it transparent to them and make it a seamless acquisition," Duffy said.