Platform Computing Launches New Cloud Builder

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-12 Print this article Print

What sets Platform ISF apart from standard virtualized systems is that it creates a shared computing infrastructure from both physical and virtual heterogeneous resources. The software supports broad application environments, says Platform Computing Vice President of Products Jingwen Wang.

High-performance computing software provider Platform Computing Nov. 10 launched Platform ISF, a new software package that enterprises can use to build and maintain private clouds.

Platform ISF, developed for the HPC (high-performance computing) market but being made available for all enterprise systems, was launched as a beta product in June. It is "a technology-agnostic platform that supports any collection of hardware, operating systems and virtual machines, enabling IT [professionals] to manage workload across both virtual and physical environments and support multiple hypervisors and operating systems from a single interface," Platform Computing Vice President of Products Jingwen Wang said.

What sets Platform ISF apart from standard virtualized systems is that it "creates a shared computing infrastructure from physical and virtual heterogeneous resources to deliver broad application environments with efficient workload-smart and resource-aware policy capabilities," the company said.

"Platform ISF meets all the requirements needed in a cloud management product: a workload distribution engine; an infrastructure aggregation layer; a self-service portal for IT administrators; metering and monitoring; and robust APIs for integration with third-party tools," Forrester Principal Analyst James Staten said. "We believe [Platform ISF] is perhaps the most complete internal cloud software solution we've seen so far."

Platform Computing, which makes cluster, grid and cloud management software, has been in business for nearly two decades, supplying customers almost exclusively in the HPC market.
The company claims 2,000 customers and 5 million CPUs under management. It has strategic relationships with Cray, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat and SAS, and employs about 530 professionals working in 10 global locations.

Platform ISF has been made available for free 30-day download trials. For more information and to obtain a download, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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