The Red Hat Cluster Suite is a collection of technologies working together to provide
data integrity and the ability to maintain application availability in the
event of a failure. Administrators can deploy enterprise cluster solutions
using a combination of hardware redundancy along with the failover and
load-balancing technologies in Red Hat Cluster Suite.
Red Hat Cluster Manager is a high-availability cluster solution specifically suited for
database applications, network file servers, and World Wide Web (Web)
servers with dynamic content. An Red Hat Cluster Manager system features data integrity
and application availability using redundant hardware, shared disk
storage, power management, and robust cluster communication and
application failover mechanisms.
Administrators can also deploy highly available applications services
using Piranha, a load-balancing and advanced routing cluster solution
based on Linux Virtual Server (LVS) technology. Using Piranha,
administrators can build highly available e-commerce sites that feature
complete data integrity and service availability, in addition to load
balancing capabilities. Refer to Part II Configuring a Linux Virtual Server Cluster for more
This guide assumes that the user has an advanced working knowledge of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux and understands the concepts of server computing. For more
information about using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, refer to the following resources:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation Guide for information regarding
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Introduction to System Administration for introductory information for
new Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide for more detailed information
about configuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux to suit your particular needs as a user.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Reference Guide provides detailed information
suited for more experienced users to refer to when needed, as opposed
to step-by-step instructions.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Security Guide details the planning and the tools
involved in creating a secured computing environment for the data
center, workplace, and home.
HTML, PDF, and RPM versions of the manuals are available on the Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Documentation CD and online at: