Preview: IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms — The foundation for building an e-business enterprise

IBM United States Software Announcement 203-352
December 16, 2003

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IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms delivers:

  • Solid on demand infrastructure
  • Distributed resource management across heterogeneous platforms
  • Grid computing middleware based on the Globus Toolkit V3.0
  • Common Management Model (CMM) service to build and maintain grid definitions and characteristics
  • Easy-to-use systems management application to manage grid resources
  • Seamless integration with existing IT resources
  • Distributed security
  • Worldwide IBM support

IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms delivers the solid foundation on which to build an e-business enterprise.
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In an on demand world, simply integrating applications and business processes within your enterprise isn't enough. You need to connect your enterprise with other enterprises, other business processes, other applications, and a multitude of pervasive computing devices. The problem is, your current proprietary system won't allow you to integrate, and you can't afford to rip out your existing data, applications, and transaction systems and replace them with new, heterogeneous ones. The solution — open standards which allows you to connect and integrate your information technologies to create a flexible, more modular environment built to handle the on demand world.

IBM has invested millions of dollars in connection with key open source projects and has championed efforts to bring open and industry standards into the enterprise. Our commitment is clearly evident with technologies such as Linux, Java™, and XML offered across our product lines. We continue to expand our support for open standards with the introduction of our latest technology, a cornerstone for building an on demand operating environment, IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms.

IBM's evolutionary new product, IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms, based on the Globus Toolkit V3.0 and the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA), provides building blocks needed to enable the rapid deployment and integration of business applications and processes in a grid. IBM Grid Toolbox V3 is an implementation of the Globus Toolkit V3.0 which is based on the Open Grid Services Infrastructure (OGSI) specification standard as published by the Global Grid Forum. As these open grid standards evolve and the Globus Toolkit matures, IBM Grid Toolbox is expected to keep pace to include accepted and standardized development code.

The power of IBM Grid Toolbox V3 is that it delivers some of the key infrastructure needed to develop, deploy, and manage distributed business workloads by providing an integrated run-time environment, integrated IBM middleware, and an IBM data management solution that have been tested on the applicable IBM servers. In addition, IBM Grid Toolbox V3 includes enhanced implementation samples and comprehensive technical documentation. IBM Grid Toolbox V3 delivers a solid foundation to build an e-business enterprise.

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction, but are not a commitment of future functionality. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when and if the product is announced.
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Key prerequisites

Prerequisites may differ depending upon the operating system and on which platform IBM Grid Toolbox V3 is installed. Refer to platform specific IBM Grid Toolbox V3 announcements for complete prerequisite information for each offering.
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IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms — On demand, step one

What would you think if your employees were idle for 80 to 90% of their work day? How would you feel if automated teller machines were only available 10% of the time? Chances are, you wouldn't be happy. Well, the same logic applies when considering your computing resources. Why settle for only 10, 20, or even 30% utilization when you can help to maximize your system resources by using grid technology.

Grid computing provides a framework for exploiting underutilized resources (for both system and storage) and balancing workloads across heterogeneous environments. Using open standards that define a common and consistent approach to heterogeneous interoperability, grid computing allows you to virtualize your resources, making resources available to meet your business demands when and where they are needed. Getting what you want, when and where you want it, is e-business on demand™. One of the first steps in creating your e-business on demand enterprise is building an open IT infrastructure using IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms.

Build the on demand foundation

IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms (IBM Grid Toolbox), based on the Globus Toolkit V3.0 and the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA), delivers the infrastructure needed to rapidly develop, deploy, and manage distributed resources. As a cornerstone of your on demand IT infrastructure, IBM Grid Toolbox delivers:

  • Distributed resource management and security features across heterogeneous platforms
  • Attractive qualities of service
  • Many open and published interfaces
  • Industry-standard integration technologies (J2EE, XML, and Web Services)
  • Seamless integration with existing IT resources

Unleash the power of IBM Grid Toolbox V3. Create a single, virtual pool of resources that's available virtually anytime, anywhere, and say good-bye to your separate, disparate systems!

Establish the framework

IBM Grid Toolbox V3 uses a service model approach for its architecture which keeps the details of the implementation separate from the interface. As with any great architecture, you need a solid infrastructure, and for grid computing that's OGSI, Open Grid Services Infrastructure. OGSI delivers the infrastructure and run-time support on which all services that implement OGSA are based. OGSI includes:

  • Data management services — provide efficient management and transfer of information.
  • Resource management — provide a single standard interface for requesting and using remote system resources for the execution of jobs.
  • Information services — provide critical information about grid resources for use in resource discovery, selection, and optimization. Service data can be created dynamically, on demand.

The common services that OGSI delivers truly are the foundation on which your grid applications will be built. As standards evolve, and new services emerge, IBM Grid Toolbox is expected to grow to incorporate and include the new technologies which will enhance and strengthen your e-business on demand infrastructure.


IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms is planned to enable an end-to-end infrastructure that is consistent across the complete line of IBM eServer products, however, actual offerings and qualities of services may differ based on which platform you are using. Initial offerings of IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms are available on AIX® 5L for pSeries®, and Linux on xSeries® as of December 16, 2003.

For more information about IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for AIX pSeries, V1.1 5L, refer to Software Announcement 203-348 , dated December 16, 2003.

For more information about IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Linux on xSeries, refer to Software Announcement 203-349 , dated December 16, 2003.

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Statement of general direction

This statement of direction represents IBM's current intention, goals, and objectives, and is subject to change or withdrawal at any time with or without notice.

The current IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatforms product announcement applies to AIX on pSeries and Linux on xSeries. IBM plans to expand this offering at some point in the future to include the following operating system environments:

  • OS/400®
  • Linux on iSeries™
  • Linux on pSeries
  • Linux on zSeries®

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal with or without notice.
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 203-348 , dated December 16, 2003
  • Software Announcement 203-349 , dated December 16, 2003


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