Red Hat released a Linux software stack for compute-intensive IT environments that it said costs less than Microsoft's price for its comparable Windows offering. Red Hat charges a subscription of $249 per node, or server, per year for Red Hat HPC Solution, a new offering that combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Platform Open Cluster Stack 5, clustering software it has licensed from Platform Computing.
Red Hat HPC Solution also includes device drivers, a cluster installer, cluster-management tools, a resource and application monitor, interconnect support, and a job scheduler. The yearly subscription also includes ongoing technical support, bug fixes, and any future software updates, said product marketing manager Gerry Riveros.
Comparably, Microsoft's Windows HPC Server 2008, which also combines the OS with components needed for clustering and managing the HPC environment, costs a one-time fee of $475 per node, which on the surface seems less expensive than Red Hat's offering.