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Grid at last?

Last week, a gaggle of technology industry giants, including IBM Corp., Intel Corp., and Microsoft Corp., announced that they had started reconciling two conflicting sets of specifications for Web services, Web Services Distributed Management and WS-Management.

While the work should trim the bewildering array of Web services standards, it could also finally bring grid computing to the mainstream, commented Ian Foster, one of the leaders of the Globus Alliance.

'So this initiative is good news: it promises to deliver what the Grid and Globus communities have been working towards for close to five years: industry-wide standards for Web services-based systems management,' Foster wrote in the Grid Today electronic newsletter.

We've been hearing murmurs about how Grid computing has stagnated in the academic and scientific realm, remaining too unwieldy to be easily deployed in the enterprise. Could this work finally ease the passage?

One side note: In his commentary, Foster all but apologized for the rough upgrade from version 3 of the Globus Toolkit to version 4, which was based on WS-ResourceFramework and WS-Notification. Now those specifications are under this group's scrutiny. Foster, however, promised a smooth transition to any resulting changes. 'When these new specifications stabilize, we will implement them -- but we will also work to provide a painless migration path for GT4-based services and clients,' he wrote.

More rough weather ahead?

Posted by Joab Jackson

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Mar 20, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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