Enterprise Grid Alliance Unveils Industry's First Reference Model, Roadmap for Grid Computing
San Ramon, Calif. - May 9, 2005 - The
Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) today announced the industry's first
Reference Model for enterprise grids, laying the foundation for
standardized solutions that will enable organizations to take
advantage of the many benefits of grid computing.
The Reference Model provides a specific
context for describing requirements, standards, comparing
technologies and implementing grid solutions. The model delivers a
framework and set of customer-based requirements needed to
accelerate enterprise grid adoption. Included in its three main
components are a common lexicon of grid terms; a model that
classifies the management and lifecycles of the components required
for enterprise grids; and a set of use cases that demonstrate the
requirements for enterprise grid computing. Like all of the EGA's
work, the Reference Model is vendor neutral, technology and
implementation agnostic, and will be continuously updated as the
grid marketplace evolves.
"For the past year, the Reference Model
Working Group has been working to drive consensus among industry
leaders, around the basic foundations of enterprise grid
computing," said Paul Strong, chairman of the Enterprise Grid
Alliance technical steering committee and systems architect at Sun
Microsystems. "The result of EGA efforts is a Reference Model that
allows highly complex data center environments to be described in
simple, easy to understand terms. This Reference Model is a
critical step toward achieving a set of agreed upon enterprise grid
use cases and a common terminology for discussing grid-based
infrastructures and management processes."
The Reference Model will create a basis for
collaboration with other organizations to ensure standards meet
enterprise requirements supporting the EGA's goal. This will reduce
duplication among various groups and more quickly eliminate
barriers to adoption. "EGA has a pragmatic approach to standards
development, preferring to cooperate with other standards setting
organizations rather than creating specifications from scratch,"
said Dr. Donald Deutsch, president, Enterprise Grid Alliance and
vice president, standards strategy and architecture, Oracle. "The
EGA Reference Model provides the framework for working
collaboratively on the development of technologies and standards
necessary for accelerating the deployment of grid technology."
The EGA was launched in April 2004 to
accelerate the deployment of grids in enterprise data centers.
Since its inception, the EGA has increased its membership 60
percent, founded two regional steering committees (in Europe and
Japan) and established five individually chartered technical
working groups to address specific areas including the reference
model, component provisioning, data provisioning, security and
About the Enterprise Grid
The Enterprise Grid Alliance is an open consortium focused on
developing and promoting enterprise grid solutions. Membership is
open to all organizations via multiple participation tiers.
For more information, please visit our Web
site at www.gridalliance.org.
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