Promoting grid growth in EMEA

The Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium of major vendors dedicated to standardizing and promoting grid solutions, has formed an EMEA steering committee to help drive the adoption of grids within public and private sector enterprises across the region.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  September 21, 2004

The Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium of major vendors dedicated to standardizing and promoting grid solutions, has formed a Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Steering Committee (E-RSC) to help drive the adoption of grids within public and private sector enterprises across the region. “The committee was established to better understand the regional trends and specific vertical application areas where commercial grid technologies will play a leading role,” said Dr. Bernd Kosch, chair, E-RSC and vice president alliances and partnerships at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “EMEA has a diversified and heterogeneous public sector structure that will significantly impact the development and proliferation of grid computing.” The EGA claims that customers within EMEA are leading the way in the adoption of commercial grids — systems that enable enterprises to build large-scale computing infrastructures using existing data centre resources coupled with off-the-shelf hardware, network and storage components. The E-RSC provides a classic example of major vendors working together to promote the adoption of a new technology. EGA sponsor members including EMC, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Network Appliance, Oracle, Paremus and Sun Microsystems will run the steering committee. Research house Evans Data claims that more than one in three companies are currently planning grid computing implementations. “The launch of the EMEA Regional Steering Committee furthers our goal and commitment to increase the awareness and adoption of grid computing across the globe," said Dr. Donald Deutsch, president at EGA and vice president, standards strategy and architecture at Oracle. “EMEA is an important and influential region with significant experience and interest in enterprise grid computing. EGA is confident that the E-RSC will positively contribute to our efforts to accelerate the adoption of grid technology in public and private sector enterprises within EMEA and throughout the world,” he added. With the launch of activities in EMEA, the E-RSC will work with other local grid associations, support EGA membership recruitment and retention, as well as promote objectives, activities and standards adoption.

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