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The grid infrastructure world

The grid infrastructure world just got more interesting. The article doesn't provide a schedule on which customers can buy hosted services from EMC Corp. But it does say that within 2 years EMC will offer a packaged version of the technology.

The questions that occur to me:

With what products -- EMC's or third party's -- will the new grid infrastructure be certified? Their Information Lifecycle Management product lines?

What's missing from the recipe? Scheduling? Accounting? Policy framework?

Link: EMC buys grid software, offers hosted services

EMC Corp. today announced that it has acquired the intellectual property for grid software developed by Acxiom Corp. for $30 million, and will work with the company to offer grid-based hosted services. Acxiom is a $1.9 billion public company based in Conway, Ark.

Specifically, EMC has acquired the grid middleware that Acxiom uses for internal purposes to run its hosted business analytics service. Acxiom's customers include Citigroup, Bank of America, BMW, Charles Schwab, Sears, Nationwide, Western Union, Sprint, Discovery Communications Inc. and Unilever that buy data mining, data hygiene and other business analytics services from Acxiom on a hosted basis. Acxiom is the only company that has deployed the grid software.


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