Platform Releases Beta Version of Platform Globus, First Commercial Version of the Globus Toolkit

Platform Globus Speeds Commercial Grid Adoption Across Major Platforms



Feb 19, 2002, 00:00 ET from Platform Computing Inc.

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- GLOBAL GRID FORUM 4 -- Accelerating the
 adoption of open source Grid computing, Platform Computing Inc. announced the
 beta availability of Platform Globus, the industry's first commercially
 supported version of the Globus Toolkit(TM) at this week's Global Grid Forum
 in Toronto.  With Platform Globus, enterprises can establish a Grid computing
 infrastructure across multiple heterogeneous hardware and software platforms
 and create a virtual organization to share compute resources across geographic
 sites. Platform Globus supports all major UNIX- and Linux-based platforms,
 including Compaq Tru64, HP HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, SGI IRIX and Sun Solaris,
 and complements Platform's Grid computing solutions, including Platform LSF
 MultiCluster, Platform FTA and Platform Analyzer.
     "Platform Globus accelerates adoption of Grid computing by the commercial
 sector and provides value-added professional services to implement Grids
 quickly and efficiently," said Paul Hill, VP, Marketing, Platform.  "Platform
 Globus is an integral component of our Grid computing solutions and meets the
 market need for a customer-centric, commercially supported open source Grid
 solution."
     Platform Globus includes the Globus Toolkit software, documentation and
 technical support, and a range of comprehensive professional services,
 including installation, configuration, customization and training.  Platform
 will also provide services for Grid security, design and planning and
 integration. Based on established standards and open protocols, the Globus
 Toolkit provides an integrated set of security, resource directory, resource
 management, data management, and communication functions for Grid computing.
 Platform is working closely with the Globus Project to perform quality
 assurance, improve documentation, and achieve interoperability and seamless
 integration with commercial workload management and Grid computing
 applications.
     "As a software company with ten years' experience in distributed and Grid
 computing and an extensive customer base, Platform is well positioned to
 deliver a commercially proven open source solution for Grid computing," said
 Dr. Ian Foster, Globus Project co-lead and Senior Scientist at Argonne
 National Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science at the University of
 Chicago. "Platform has moved quickly to develop this solution, clearly
 demonstrating its commitment to open source computing and reinforcing its
 understanding of the complexities and challenges of commercial Grid
 computing."
     "We expect Grid computing to be a dominant technology in the future,
 enabling global enterprises to harness widely dispersed resources to improve
 collaboration," said Steven Joachims, Worldwide Marketing Manager, HP
 Technical Servers.  "We plan to leverage the work we are doing with Platform
 Computing to deliver improved productivity and performance solutions for
 customers in industries such as automotive and aerospace."
     "Platform's decision to commercialize Globus validates the market demand
 for Grid computing," said Tony Hey, Director, UK e-Science Programme and the
 UK Grid. "With Platform as the commercial provider of Globus Toolkit,
 customers will have the technical support, product upgrades and training they
 need for a successful implementation, enabling large scale sharing of
 resources, applications and compute power."
     "By providing cross-platform commercial support for the Globus Toolkit,
 Platform has provided us with a credible reason to evaluate the potential of
 open source Grid computing," said William Reidy, a contractor supporting the
 U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program
 (HPCMP).  "This commercially supported solution will permit organizations like
 ours to accelerate Grid initiatives in dynamic and heterogeneous hardware and
 software environments."
     "We are encouraged by the Globus Project's clear commitment to its
 partnership with Platform, which has accelerated our ability to deliver
 Platform Globus quickly in what has been a very positive collaboration,"
 continued Platform's Hill.  "The Globus Project has been a catalyst in
 bringing disparate groups together for a common goal of driving Grid
 deployment and we are proud to be working with them."
     Platform Globus will be generally available in March 2002 from Platform
 and its network of global resellers in Canada, China, Europe, Israel, Japan,
 Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S. and Taiwan.
 
     Platform Grid Expertise
     With more than 10 years experience in distributed and Grid computing,
 Platform offers a complete range of software and consulting solutions needed
 to build, run and maintain Grids. In November 2001, Platform was the first
 company to announce commercial support for The Globus Toolkit through Platform
 Globus. Platform also announced Platform Grid suite, the industry's most
 powerful commercial Grid computing solution, which integrates Platform's Grid
 software, Platform LSF, LSF MultiCluster and LSF ActiveCluster, with
 components from the Globus Project and Avaki.  Platform enterprise Grid
 solutions are being used by customers worldwide including the Monsanto
 Company, the U.S. Department of Defense, Texas Instruments, and the Italian
 National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA). For
 more information please visit the Grid Resource Centre at
 www.platform.com/grid.
 
     About The Globus Project
     The Globus Project(TM) 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(TM) 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 www.globus.org.
 
     About Platform
     Platform is the world's leading distributed computing software provider,
 with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organizations to dramatically
 improve time to market and quality of results, while maximizing 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
 organizations around the world.  Platform is a private company with
 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia.  For more
 information visit www.platform.com.
 
     Platform Globus, LSF, LSF ActiveCluster, Platform FTA and Platform
 Analyzer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Platform Computing
 Corporation in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
 
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SOURCE Platform Computing Inc.
    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- GLOBAL GRID FORUM 4 -- Accelerating the
 adoption of open source Grid computing, Platform Computing Inc. announced the
 beta availability of Platform Globus, the industry's first commercially
 supported version of the Globus Toolkit(TM) at this week's Global Grid Forum
 in Toronto.  With Platform Globus, enterprises can establish a Grid computing
 infrastructure across multiple heterogeneous hardware and software platforms
 and create a virtual organization to share compute resources across geographic
 sites. Platform Globus supports all major UNIX- and Linux-based platforms,
 including Compaq Tru64, HP HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, SGI IRIX and Sun Solaris,
 and complements Platform's Grid computing solutions, including Platform LSF
 MultiCluster, Platform FTA and Platform Analyzer.
     "Platform Globus accelerates adoption of Grid computing by the commercial
 sector and provides value-added professional services to implement Grids
 quickly and efficiently," said Paul Hill, VP, Marketing, Platform.  "Platform
 Globus is an integral component of our Grid computing solutions and meets the
 market need for a customer-centric, commercially supported open source Grid
 solution."
     Platform Globus includes the Globus Toolkit software, documentation and
 technical support, and a range of comprehensive professional services,
 including installation, configuration, customization and training.  Platform
 will also provide services for Grid security, design and planning and
 integration. Based on established standards and open protocols, the Globus
 Toolkit provides an integrated set of security, resource directory, resource
 management, data management, and communication functions for Grid computing.
 Platform is working closely with the Globus Project to perform quality
 assurance, improve documentation, and achieve interoperability and seamless
 integration with commercial workload management and Grid computing
 applications.
     "As a software company with ten years' experience in distributed and Grid
 computing and an extensive customer base, Platform is well positioned to
 deliver a commercially proven open source solution for Grid computing," said
 Dr. Ian Foster, Globus Project co-lead and Senior Scientist at Argonne
 National Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science at the University of
 Chicago. "Platform has moved quickly to develop this solution, clearly
 demonstrating its commitment to open source computing and reinforcing its
 understanding of the complexities and challenges of commercial Grid
 computing."
     "We expect Grid computing to be a dominant technology in the future,
 enabling global enterprises to harness widely dispersed resources to improve
 collaboration," said Steven Joachims, Worldwide Marketing Manager, HP
 Technical Servers.  "We plan to leverage the work we are doing with Platform
 Computing to deliver improved productivity and performance solutions for
 customers in industries such as automotive and aerospace."
     "Platform's decision to commercialize Globus validates the market demand
 for Grid computing," said Tony Hey, Director, UK e-Science Programme and the
 UK Grid. "With Platform as the commercial provider of Globus Toolkit,
 customers will have the technical support, product upgrades and training they
 need for a successful implementation, enabling large scale sharing of
 resources, applications and compute power."
     "By providing cross-platform commercial support for the Globus Toolkit,
 Platform has provided us with a credible reason to evaluate the potential of
 open source Grid computing," said William Reidy, a contractor supporting the
 U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program
 (HPCMP).  "This commercially supported solution will permit organizations like
 ours to accelerate Grid initiatives in dynamic and heterogeneous hardware and
 software environments."
     "We are encouraged by the Globus Project's clear commitment to its
 partnership with Platform, which has accelerated our ability to deliver
 Platform Globus quickly in what has been a very positive collaboration,"
 continued Platform's Hill.  "The Globus Project has been a catalyst in
 bringing disparate groups together for a common goal of driving Grid
 deployment and we are proud to be working with them."
     Platform Globus will be generally available in March 2002 from Platform
 and its network of global resellers in Canada, China, Europe, Israel, Japan,
 Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S. and Taiwan.
 
     Platform Grid Expertise
     With more than 10 years experience in distributed and Grid computing,
 Platform offers a complete range of software and consulting solutions needed
 to build, run and maintain Grids. In November 2001, Platform was the first
 company to announce commercial support for The Globus Toolkit through Platform
 Globus. Platform also announced Platform Grid suite, the industry's most
 powerful commercial Grid computing solution, which integrates Platform's Grid
 software, Platform LSF, LSF MultiCluster and LSF ActiveCluster, with
 components from the Globus Project and Avaki.  Platform enterprise Grid
 solutions are being used by customers worldwide including the Monsanto
 Company, the U.S. Department of Defense, Texas Instruments, and the Italian
 National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA). For
 more information please visit the Grid Resource Centre at
 www.platform.com/grid.
 
     About The Globus Project
     The Globus Project(TM) 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(TM) 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 www.globus.org.
 
     About Platform
     Platform is the world's leading distributed computing software provider,
 with desktop to Grid solutions that allow organizations to dramatically
 improve time to market and quality of results, while maximizing 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
 organizations around the world.  Platform is a private company with
 400 employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia.  For more
 information visit www.platform.com.
 
     Platform Globus, LSF, LSF ActiveCluster, Platform FTA and Platform
 Analyzer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Platform Computing
 Corporation in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
 
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