IBM is bringing new grid computing capabilities to its line of mainframe systems.
Grid computing, which traditionally entails the linking of many Intel Corp.-based servers to create a virtual supercomputer with lots of processing power, will gain a rock-solid building block that already houses many basic grid technologies, IBM officials said.
The Armonk, N.Y., company last week announced that grid computing companies DataSynapse Inc. and Platform Computing Inc. are making their grid computing products available on IBMs eServer zSeries line of high-end servers.
In addition, IBM is incorporating Globus Toolkit for Linux on the zSeries systems. The tool kit is available from SuSE Linux AG or from www.globus.org.
By offering New York-based DataSynapses LiveCluster 3G for Linux technology on the zSeries mainframes, IBM will enable mainframe users to run applications in a grid environment. LiveCluster includes workload prioritization capabilities such as load balancing and high availability.
Platform Computing, of Toronto, is bringing three products to IBMs mainframes. Platform LSF gives users access to all their companys computing resources, enabling them to balance workloads across those resources.
Platform JobScheduler accelerates the flow of jobs, processes and applications across distributed computing environments, and Platform MultiCluster enables enterprises to create resource sharing policies among dispersed sites.
Rich Lechner, vice president of IBMs Enterprise Servers, said many of the mainframe features in the companys zSeries systems—including high availability, virtualization capabilities and dynamic server provisioning—are in line with much of what grid computing is designed to accomplish.
Charles King, an analyst with Sageza Group Inc., in Mountain View, Calif., said the initial beneficiaries will be those already using IBMs mainframes.
"It gives an entry point of sorts for IBM mainframe customers into grid deployments, if thats something theyve been thinking about," King said. "Its taking old-school technology and giving it new-school deployments."