IT industry heavyweights Dell, EMC, Intel and Oracle today sealed an alliance to develop grid computing technology and establish best practice.
The move is an effort to develop a standard approach to building and deploying enterprise grid computing infrastructures.
The firms will collaborate on Project MegaGrid which aims to develop an enterprise grid computing infrastructure that can outperform traditional symmetric multiprocessing systems at a fraction of the cost.
The initial phase is focused on designing, testing and documenting industry standard best practices for building enterprise grid computing infrastructures, taking into account cost and performance requirements.
These practices also include conducting a series of tests for the scalability, performance and manageability of a database, server and networked storage configuration.
The working infrastructure is designed, configured and validated at the Oracle Global IT Data Center.
Under the terms of the agreement, each project sponsor will invest technical resources to develop, test and validate enterprise grid computing best practices.
Dell will provide an enterprise networked server infrastructure consisting of dual Intel Xeon and four-way Intel Itanium processor-based PowerEdge servers.
EMC's part of the bargain is to deliver a networked storage infrastructure including its Clariion CX and Symmetrix DMX networked storage systems.
Intel, in turn, will contribute processor and server management expertise for both Xeon and Itanium processor architectures, together with optimisation tools.
Oracle will supply its 10g technology infrastructure and is hosting the development centre for Project MegaGrid.
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