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New alliance to drive adoption of grid computing in the enterprise

A group of leading technology companies have launched the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium formed to de...


April 21, 2004  


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A group of leading technology companies have launched the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium formed to develop enterprise grid solutions and accelerate the deployment of grid computing in enterprises.

Grid computing connects pools of computers, storage and networks, enabling enterprises to dynamically allocate resources based on changing business needs.

It allows organizations in the public and private sectors to adapt their Information Technology (IT) resources to their business needs.

Initial focus areas include reference models, provisioning, security and accounting. The Alliance will address obstacles that organizations face using enterprise grid by looking at best practices and solutions that are open and interoperable.

By focusing exclusively on the needs of enterprise users, the EGA will enable businesses to realize the many benefits of grid computing such as faster response to changing business needs, better utilization and service level performance and lower IT operating costs.

The initial EGA Board includes EMC, HP, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

In addition to providing an open forum for enterprise software, hardware, service companies and end users, the EGA is working with other consortia and standards organizations to promote integrated enterprise grid solutions and improve adoption rates.

“Grid computing, previously known largely as a powerful tool for the high performance computing community, is emerging as an important platform for critical business functions,” said Donald Deutsch, president of the alliance.