IBM will announce new software, storage and servers for Grid Computing tomorrow, and will also announce plans to Grid-enable the company's entire product portfolio.
"Grid computing will take e-business to the next level by giving customers a resilient, flexible, virtual IT infrastructure readily available from any location, on demand," Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president for technology and strategy in IBM's Server Group, said in a statement. "By Grid-enabling our products, we give customers the ability to share computing resources, such as applications, data and computing power, both internally over intranets and externally over the Internet."
Wladawsky-Berger will announce the Grid initiative at the Global Grid Forum 4 in Toronto tomorrow morning. IBM believes that Grid computing will dominate computing environments in the future, and has aggressively positioned itself in the space, including drafting protocols with the widely followed Globus Project for the integration of Grid computing and Web services, called the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA).
Under the company's strategy, IBM's WebSphere e-infrastructure software will provide a robust reference implementation for the OGSA grid services standards, the company said. IBM said is working with Globus to re-tool the Globus Toolkit to be Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) compliant using IBM WebSphere as the reference application server. "This will allow IBM WebSphere customers to benefit through better use of grid-enabled network computing resources as they deploy their applications on Websphere," IBM said.