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Grid Computing vendors today
Grid Computing is emerging as an enabling technology that
helps businesses to consolidate, share, and manage IT infrastructure resources.
Grid employs or follows the service oriented approach, which unifies the
heterogeneous and distributed resources into a single usable resource pool. The
consumers of these resources view them more as service without going into
Grid Computing has already made in-roads into many key industries such as
manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, analysis, seismic studies,
etc. Grid solutions are being increasingly perceived as the answers for
challenging computing problems.
Grid Enabling Middleware and Solutions
There are many software vendors that are actively producing
software tools which enable a typical user or application to make use of the
grid computing resources. IT software companies such as United Devices, Platform
Computing, DataSynapse, Avaki, GridIron, Ejasent, Enigmatec and IBM have
released commercial products and services to realize the dream of Grid
GridIron provides a software development kit for developers to modify code and
recompile applications so they can run in Grid environments without having to
use complex protocols for message passing such as MPI, PVM.
Ejasent specializes in software to solve the operations problems in server
management. Ejasent (now acquired by Veritas software) offers products and
solutions, which have the ability to move an application from one server to
another without disrupting or terminating the application, preserving all its
current settings and data, and transferring it to a different server in near
United Devices provides Grid MP Enterprise, a product which is a software-based
Grid Computing solution. The Grid MP product aggregates under-utilized resources
-- including servers, clusters, desktops and laptops -- across a corporate
enterprise. Companies can build enterprise grids that coordinate and share
computing resources across departments or organizations within their firewalls
to maximize the efficiency of their computing infrastructure. It also provides a
single interface for management and users from anywhere within the enterprise.
Application binaries for various OS platforms and data are centralized to
simplify access control, versioning, and updates.
United Devices provides a small program called the UD Agent, which you can
This allows you to become a Member of the United Devices Community. The UD Agent
can recycle your PC's unused resources and use them to perform valuable
scientific and medical research without disturbing your usual computer use.
Avaki specializes in providing Data Grid software. Avaki Data Grid is enterprise
information integration software that simplifies provisioning, access, and
integration of data from multiple, heterogeneous, distributed sources. Avaki
Data Grid software creates a data service layer, which virtualizes the multiple
data sources. This service layer sits between the applications and the data
sources. Applications can access data via Web Services (SOAP), ODBC, JDBC, or
standard file I/O.
DataSynapse offers a product called GridServer. GridServer virtualizes an
enterprise?s computing resources, which can be underused or intermittently
available, mainframes, clusters, servers and desktops. This solution effectively
decouples the applications from dedicated resources and dynamically and
adaptively distributes applications over the pool of computing resources.
GridServer sits between an organization?s application(s) and its computing
resources, managing the ?demand? from applications on resources, and the
?supply? of resources to the applications.
Platform Computing provides the grid-enabling
software product called Platform LSF. Platform LSF is software product for
managing and executing the batch workload processing for compute and
data-intensive applications. With Platform LSF, the batch workload can be
intelligently scheduled and completed across a distributed, virtualized IT
environment. Platform LSF fully utilizes all IT resources regardless of
operating system, including desktops, servers and mainframes to ensure
policy-driven, prioritized service levels for always-on access to resources.
IBM is a major IT vendor who has forged many
alliances with the grid software companies in providing the true Grid solutions
for various commercial users. IBM?s Blades Center was integrated with many
grid-enabling middleware software products in providing the virtualized server
Hewlett-Packard has been in the Grid forefront by
providing the UDC (Utility Data Center) that simplifies the infrastructure
management by virtualization of servers, storage, networks, and applications in
the data center. Resources need only be physically wired into the HP UDC once;
thereafter, the HP UDC logically assigns the resources to different services as
Oracle Grid - Is It Disruptive Technology?
Many believe Grid Computing has the potential to disrupt
technology and is capable of dramatically changing the computing landscape. Grid
Computing represents a paradigm shift that will provide the next big boost in
corporate productivity since the internet and web.
A report, by Grid Technology Partners, says
?Grid computing also passes the three-point Christensen Disruptive Technology
test - being inexpensive, technologically simple and a technology that doesn't
require replacement of existing systems. Disruptive technologies have the
potential to substantially change the competitive landscape"