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Platform first in the market to commercialise Globus Toolkit

In a move to drive commercial acceptance of open source Grid computing, Platform Computing, the world’s leading distributed computing software provider, and the Globus Project, a research and development initiative focused on enabling the adoption of Grid computing, today announced that they will collaborate to provide a commercially supported version of the Globus Toolkit.

Together, Platform and Globus will accelerate deployment of Grid computing solutions, enabling organisations to maximise computing resources, improve productivity, and reduce time to market and scientific discovery. This partnership reinforces Platform’s commitment to bring its expertise in distributed computing to global Grid solutions and further strengthens the role of Globus in leading efforts to develop an open source software infrastructure for Grid computing.

"Grid computing holds tremendous potential, but its transition from academia to mainstream commercial application has occurred slowly," said Robert Batchelder, research director, Gartner, Inc. "What is accelerating that transition is the availability of commercially proven Grid computing tools that can stand up to the rigors of dynamic, networked enterprise computing environments."

Under the terms of the agreement, Platform will be the first company to provide commercial support for the Globus Toolkit, an open-architecture, open-source set of protocols, services and tools, to enable secure, distributed, multi-vendor Grid computing. Platform will provide installation, integration, consulting services, training, problem diagnosis and management. Globus will provide ongoing technology development, third line technical support, training for Platform employees and demonstration and test sites.

“Platform is a recognised global leader in distributed computing, with proven technology and an established customer base,” said Dr. Ian Foster, Globus Project lead and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. “Our partnership with Platform enhances our ability to harness and distribute computing power as a more cost-efficient offering – from enterprise desktops and clusters to the next evolution in distributed computing, the global Grid. Together, Platform and Globus have the potential to provide Grid computing solutions that deliver real business value.”

“Our partnership with Globus is an integral part of our Grid development strategy,” said Robert Gordon, CEO, Platform. “We believe in the expansion of strong open source solutions such as those championed by Globus that complement our proven distributed computing solutions and will be actively seeking partners to develop additional open source solutions for Grid computing.”

Platform has been deploying commercial production Grid computing solutions since 1996 to organizations such as Texas Instruments, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) in Italy.

An extension of distributed computing, Grid computing offers consistent and inexpensive access to resources irrespective of their physical location or access point. The Internet or dedicated networks can be used to interconnect a wide variety of geographically distributed computational resources, such as supercomputers, compute clusters, storage systems, data sources, and special classes of devices to present them as a single, unified resource.

About The Globus Project

The Globus Project™ is a multi-institutional research and development effort creating fundamental technologies for computational grids. Grids are persistent environments that enable software applications to integrate instruments, displays, computational and information resources that are managed by diverse organizations in widespread locations. A primary product of the Globus Project is the open source Globus Toolkit™, which is being used in numerous large Grid deployment and application projects in the United States, Europe, and around the world. The Globus Project is based at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute.

For more information, visit the Globus Project web site at

About Platform

Platform is the world’s leading distributed computing software provider, with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organisations to dramatically improve time to market and quality of results, while maximising their I.T. investment. Platform has strategic relationships with industry leaders including Compaq, HP, IBM, SGI, Sun, LION Bioscience and SAS and its open, scalable software solutions are the choice of more than 1,500 result-driven organisations around the world. Platform is a private company with 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

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