Fujitsu Siemens a founding member of EGA

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV has announced that it has joined industry participants in founding the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium created to develop enterprise grid solutions, and to accelerate the deployment of grid computing.

According to Fujitsu Siemens, the EGA has been established to support quick adoption of grid, and focus resources on clear directions for industry standards. Fujitsu Siemens and the Fujitsu Group, the company says, have been investing considerable resources into advanced grid technology, to ensure that its products are not only grid-ready, but, under the umbrella of business-critical computing, have implemented an early incarnation of grid technology. This, the company adds, is done through the introduction of FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite and its Primecluster technology.

The ground basis for grid-type computing, says the company, is clear -- to reduce complexity and to increase flexibility. To achieve this, the company says that, on behalf of the Fujitsu Group, it has developed FlexFrame for my SAP Business Suite. This, it claims, is the first complete realization of server virtualization and dynamic component provisioning for business applications available today. It states that this architecture has become a reference blueprint for the realization of grid in one box.

As an integral part of the company's vision on grid computing, it says, Primecluster offers enterprises a powerful solution linking servers to maximize the availability and scalability of their ICT infrastructures. It says Primecluster provides easy to use mechanisms to implement high availability and unmatched scalability for any application in today's multi-tier enterprise. It also offers grid capabilities, says the company, to enable efficient pooling of server resources in data centers, and, in this way, significantly increase today's usually very low utilization rate of application-specific server configurations.

"Fujitsu Siemens Computers has a long tradition of supporting and promoting open systems standards in order to continuously create customer value," says Dr. Bernd Kosch, vice-president alliances at Fujitsu Siemens. "We have pioneered the grid approach with our FlexFrame concept for infrastructure consolidation and we are determined to keep pushing towards innovation that drives real customer benefit. We aim to make sure that business challenges are solved."

Fujitsu Siemens says the EGA is an open, independent and vendor-neutral community focused on meeting the requirements of enterprise grid deployments, not previously addressed by scientific or academic grids. The alliance, it says, will identify obstacles that organizations face in using enterprise grids and will promote open, interoperable solutions to overcome these challenges. The company believes that, by focusing exclusively on the needs of enterprise users, the EGA will enable businesses to realize the many benefits of grid computing.

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