IBM Expands Grid Offerings

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-09-15 Print this article Print

At the GridWorld conference, IBM beefs up its grid computing presence with new software and programs for business partners.

WASHINGTON—IBM has announced new software and business programs to advance the adoption of grid computing.

At the GridWorld conference here, which ran from Sept. 11 to 15, IBM announced new software that enables users to migrate their existing technology into virtualized environments. The new software, the Tivoli Dynamic Workload Broker, provides a central point from which to prioritize, manage and integrate workloads and data for enterprise processing, IBM officials said.

The new software extends the capabilities of the Tivoli Workload Scheduler to virtual computing environments, and also expands on the roles of IBM's Tivoli Workload Scheduler, Tivoli Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler and WebSphere Extended Deployment, the company said.

The Tivoli Dynamic Workload Broker, which automatically handles clustering, scheduling and management of different types of workloads across a virtualized environment, will be available on Oct. 6 for download.

"With the Tivoli Dynamic Workload Broker, IBM is in the advanced stages of our evolution toward becoming the cross-enterprise workload management backbone, capable of dynamic end-to-end scheduling across mainframe, distributed, grid and high-performance computing environments," Ken King, vice president of IBM Grid Computing, said in a statement. "This new software expands our Batch-on-Grid solution to improve business efficiency and reduce costs by automatically adapting workload execution to environment changes, distributing workloads to the best available resource…"

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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