Grid software moving to Windows

Already supports Linux, Solaris

3Tera is expanding platform support for its AppLogic grid software for Web applications, enabling it to run on Windows, a company official said at the TechCrunch50 2008 conference in San Francisco this week.

Now supported on Linux and Sun Solaris, the Windows capability allows the mixing of all three environments and provides scalability, said Essy Nickolova, vice president of marketing communications at 3Tera. The company was showing a preview of the Windows version at the conference, she said.

Windows support allows customers to "take advantage of all the code written today for Windows, and use Windows servers and Microsoft-based products for Web services," Nickolova said.

The official announcement is planned for Sept. 15 at the VMworld 2008 conference in Las Vegas. The public beta is planned for that day, with general availability expected around December.

AppLogic serves as a grid operating system for cloud computing and for running Web applications. 3Tera hosting partners can use AppLogic to offer clouds and utility computing services on grids of x86 servers. AppLogic does not require SANs, blade servers, firewalls, load balancers or other expensive hardware, according to 3Tera.

"It makes Web applications scalable, highly available, [and] reduces time to market because it eliminates the need to deal with infrastructure," Nickolova said.

Primary customers include hosting partners and data centers using the technology to build virtual private data centers, enterprises and end users who use hosting partners.

This story, "Grid software moving to Windows" was originally published by InfoWorld.

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