Evergrid's plans for virtualization dominance

In today's enterprise supercomputing news summary The Register comments on Evergrid's plans for data center virtualization dominance, and Gigaspaces hooks up with Microsoft on a new financial analytics solution.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.

Gigaspaces and Microsoft team on financial analytics

Gigaspaces is announcing today that they are teaming with Microsoft to offer an analytics solution for financial services companies. According to the companies the new solution facilitates the movement of large amounts of data to compute nodes and eliminates the disconnect between the front office and the data grid. More on this enterprise HPC news item.

Evergrid’s present products and future dominance

Ashlee Vance over at The Register looks at the recent CAMS announcement over at Evergrid and at the company’s plans to become the über provider of all things managed with their Data Center Resource Manager product.

The company's Availability Management Suite (AvS) seems quite useful. The idea is that it sits between the OS and application, taking periodic snapshots of application and machine state, effectively checkpointing running applications to protect against system or application faults. If the system does fail mid-computation, AvS would simply restart the application from the last known checkpoint avoiding the need to start completely over.

And all this is done—reportedly—with no modifications to the application. This is good stuff, but the company's plans for its future product seem nothing short of imperial.

Later this year the company will release the Data Center Resource Manager (DCRM).

…Evergrid hopes to put itself at the top of the server management food chain, replacing the likes of, um, Veritas (Symantec), VMware, Tivoli, Oracle RAC, SteelEye, Enigmatec, Cassatt, Scalent, SWsoft, Datasynapse, XenSource, Opsware, Bladelogic, VirtualIron, Platform Computing, and Opalis. That’s a result of DCRM handling almost every aspect of server management from turning boxes on to creating automated systems for application and virtual machine management.

I personally would much rather see the company focus on a second-to-none checkpointing/scheduling combo and field a healthy crop of customer solutions in this space before pushing so hard into virtualization dominance.

Why? Because both enterprise HPC and high performance technical computing are screaming for a robust, low pain, low overhead approach to insulating long-running or very large applications from the system faults that plague our increasingly larger supercomputers.

John West summarizes the HPC news headlines every day at insideHPC.com, and writes on leadership and career issues for technology professionals at InfoWorld. You can contact him at john@insidehpc.com.