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August 16, 2011

SingleOS Announces Release of Fuscan Linux Cloud Version 2.0

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

The Fuscan Linux Cloud automation software is already known in the industry for decreasing expenditure on hardware. But, in an effort to improve version 1.0 and provide new capabilities to the software, SingleOS – a provider of cloud software automation solution – has released version 2.0 of Fuscan Linux Cloud.

The latest version was released at the hosting conference HostingCon 2011 held in San Diego, Calif.

According to SingleOS, the Fuscan Linux Cloud Platform as a service (PaaS) is a shared cloud hosting automation software for cPanel/WHM Linux Web Hosting control panel system. This add-on for the cPanel control panel is a load-balanced, shared root cluster (OS installation), and features software level redundancy and hardware level redundancy.

As shared cloud automation software for cPanel/WHM, the Fuscan features a special automation layer, Fuscan EHA (Enterprise Hosting Automation). The Fuscan EHA is a high availability system for cPanel/WHM. It helps hosting providers create their own cloud infrastructures. In addition, it presents cPanel/WHM Cloud hosting services in a load-balanced clustered environment, to optimize server management and to cut operational costs.

The Fuscan version 1.0 used to rely on Global File System (GFS) – a shared disk file system for Linux computer clusters. In version 2.0, it was replaced with GlusterFS as a mainstream file system, as the GlusterFS provided more flexibility to the software and the version 1.0 suffered slow GFS locking and slow read performance.

Licensed under GNU AGPL v3 license, the GlusterFS software is a scale-out NAS file system that aggregates various storage servers over Ethernet or Infiniband RDMA interconnect into one large parallel network file system. Based on a stackable user space design, it does not compromise on performance.

In addition, the GlusterFS file system featuring replication, distribution, and striping data allows for a better data safety, scalability and management.

Announcing a few more key changes in Fuscan version 2.0, SingleOS replaced the Red Hat (News - Alert) resource manager (RGManager) with Pacemaker in the latest version, as the Pacemaker is more feature-rich as well as flexible. The Pacemaker provides a great service configuration and also allows users to configure specific scenarios for running services in a certain time frame.

With Pacemaker resource manager, the users of Fuscan2.0 can set rules and requirements that allow or forbid a certain service or resource to run on a particular node. In addition, the pacemaker also features an improved high availability, allowing for a service to additionally run in a master/master or master/slave modes, compared to just active/passive in RGManager.

Furthermore, the Fuscan 2.0 also features improved management interface compared to its predecessor.

In recent news, TMCnet reported that SingleOS offered a 50 percent discount on licenses for the Fuscan Linux Cloud, during the HostingCon 2011.

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
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