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Advanced Clustering's Cloner software is a purpose-built image replication software that easily allows you to install or update the software image snapshots (including operating system and all installed applications) to all of the nodes or a subset of nodes in your cluster. Because the software is designed to be easy to use and require minimal installation or configuration, you can re-install or restore your entire cluster to factory settings in just minutes.
Features and benefits
- Designed to require little setup or third-party packages installed. All required components are common and included in almost all Linux distributions (DHCP, tftp, and rsync).
- After installing and configuring a system so it's "perfect," you can push a snapshot of that system's image to the Cloner server. Images can be updated from the "perfect" system any time, with only the changes since the last push sent to the server.
- The Cloner server can hold an almost unlimited number of images (only limited by available disk space).
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- Images can install to bare-metal hardware (no previous operating system needs to be installed on the system), which provides an easy way to add nodes to an existing cluster or restore a node after hardware failure.
- Images can be installed via multiple methods including:
- Network PXE booting (recommended)
- USB key
- Optional multicast install for installing large clusters simultaneously without using more network bandwidth. With multicast installs, entire clusters consisting of hundreds of nodes can be installed in only minutes.
- When cloning via the network, nodes can be set to select their image automatically via hardware ethernet address, which allows for completely unattended installations.
- Recovery CD/DVD-ROMs can be made of any image, including support for spanning media for large images.
- The Cloner server can make an image of itself — perfect for creating backup head nodes or head node recovery DVD-ROMs.
- Images are stored on the Cloner server in an easy-to-use open format, allowing you to change an image manually if necessary.
- Supports almost every Linux distribution. Thoroughly tested with Red Hat Enterprise, CentOS, Scientific Linux, Fedora, and SUSE.
- Large code reuse between Cloner and Advanced Clustering's Breakin stress-test tool, which allows Cloner to support the latest hardware.
- Used by Advanced Clustering in its factory to install your cluster, so you always have images available to restore your cluster to factory settings.
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