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Sun links up with the Grid

Sun Microsystems has joined industry leaders as one of founding members of the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium created to develop enterprise grid solutions and accelerate the deployment of grid computing.

Grid computing evangelists say it can lower the total cost of ownership by reducing the complexity of managing resources, and offers faster business service deployment with lower risk of errors, and higher return on assets through improved availability, uptime and throughput.

Sun is taking grid computing forward by converging its data center experience with a new vision of grid-enabled commercial enterprise services and capabilities.

The next step after gird computing for commercial adoption is to better leverage and integrate with enterprise data center management systems,” says Shahin Khan, Sun's vice president of High Performance and Technical Computing.

David Nelson-Gal, Sun's vice president of N1 Grid systems, adds, “We see a strong emergence of grid technology into the broader domain of enterprise computing which is why grid is a key element in Sun's systems-based strategy.”

The EGA is an open, independent and vendor-neutral community addressing the near-term requirements for deploying commercial applications in a grid environment. Initial focus areas include reference models, provisioning, security and accounting. It will address obstacles that organizations face using enterprise grids.

“Grid computing although well-established in the academic sector, has yet to gain significant traction throughout the enterprise,” says Donald Deutsch, EGA's president and Oracle's vice president for standards strategy and architecture. “The EGA will create open, interoperable enterprise grid computing solutions.”

The EGA's founding members include Sun, EMC, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, NEC, Network Appliance, and Oracle, and will drive the adoption of grid computing. The board of directors will participate in and chair committees and vote to approve the consortium's output and core capabilities.

Membership to the EGA is open to all organizations via multiple participation tiers. Further information on the EGA can be found at

Courtesy CMP Business Media

'Telecom reforms bring newer challenges'

Kulvinder (Kelly) Ahuja, VP Marketing, Cisco Systems discusses the latest trends on the service provider arena.

How are telecom reforms changing the services offered by service providers?

The telecom reforms going on all over the world have triggered a lot of discussion over convergence. Newer challenges arise with newer services offered by incoming players. Their network maintenance costs aren't coming down, but increasing competition decreases revenues. Hence, incumbent service providers have to offer existing services at lower costs, and add new services to increase revenues. Therefore, the convergence concept emerges.

Convergence allows operators to have multiple services over a single convergent infrastructure. It also brings services like VoIP and video on demand to users at lower costs.

Given the bottlenecks in access infrastructure how effective are these services?

Infrastructure at the access level has been a weak point. Not only in India, but all over the world.

In different parts of the world, you find different access infrastructure. For example, DSL and cable growth for Internet is not really that popular in India due to lack of required infrastructure. Wireless access using mobile phones is growing rapidly. On the other hand, countries like Japan and Europe with stable high-speed infrastructure have fast roll outs and adoption of DSL services.

What might happen in India on the access front is still to be seen. Wireless has high potential in hotspots and metro Ethernet, because it requires less infrastructure.

— Anil Patrick R.

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