NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA - May 24, 2004 - DataSynapse, Inc., the fastest-growing provider of grid computing software for business-critical applications, today introduced GRIDesign, its patent-pending methodology to help companies determine how to successfully deploy a production grid. DataSynapse announced GRIDesign at the Grid Today 2004 Technology Conference and Expo this week.
Developed over 4,000 man-hours and scores of successful, strategic client
implementations, the rapid assessment and design protocol was specifically
designed to help companies understand how to establish a new IT consumption/fulfillment model in which application services requirements are
virtualized and dynamically fulfilled over a grid of shared system resources. GRIDesign provides recommended next steps to help companies realize the inherent advantages of a service-oriented, on demand infrastructure by answering the following key questions:
- How can the organization create a real-time infrastructure to support the demands of the business with the supply of available resources?
- Which applications will yield maximum gain when integrated into a virtual operating environment?
- Which applications are easiest to grid-enable?
- What is the true value opportunity for the enterprise?
- Where should the organization start?
"With GRIDesign, we now have a customized reference architecture and a roadmap that is helping us transform our IT infrastructure and improve application performance," said Mark Cates, chief technology officer for Wachovia's Corporate and Investment Bank. "As we continue to extend the bank's service-oriented architecture, we rely on DataSynapse's solutions to guide and serve as the foundation of our grid computing initiatives."
Together, DataSynapse and IBM provide a range of products that virtualize
applications across the enterprise, improve server utilization and help companies better fulfill their transactional requirements with idle IT resources on a moment's notice.
"In a pilot program, IBM and DataSynapse are working together in the U.S.,
utilizing GRIDesign, to assist customers in more rapidly identifying the business value of Grid computing," said Al Bunshaft, vice president, grid computing sales and business development, IBM.
How it Works
During a GRIDesign engagement, DataSynapse conducts structured analysis in
conjunction with targeted business users from key application and
infrastructure areas. Based on the GRIDesign assessment, DataSynapse
provides organizations with three unique deliverables:
- Application Roadmap
A detailed assessment and decision-tree scoring model is used to verify, profile, score and validate value impact for each application. By mapping ease of integration against business value, the Application Roadmap summary helps the organization prioritize applications for integration.
- Strategic Reference Architecture
The Strategic Reference Architecture outlines the impact on
the organization's stated and planned infrastructure directions and includes
a conceptual, functional and technical representation that incorporates the
enabling components of DataSynapse GridServer technology.
- Value Impact Assessment Summary
The Value Impact Assessment Summary provides the customer
with a business case showing the financial benefits that can be accrued through an on demand application infrastructure. These benefits include opportunities for cost reduction and containment as well as identification of new revenue creation potential that results from enhanced business productivity.
"Rather than viewing grid deployments from a resource-centric view, GRIDesign takes a fundamentally different, top-down approach," said Tony Bishop, chief business architect for DataSynapse and creator of GRIDesign.
"By profiling the enterprise's consumption patterns, or 'demand,' we can identify a new IT consumption and fulfillment model in which application services requirements are virtualized and dynamically fulfilled over an infinitely scalable pool of system resources."
Extending the value of organizations' existing IT infrastructures, DataSynapse's GridServer(tm) provides companies in the financial services,
energy, industrial and public sectors with a flexible operating environment to manage diverse applications and resource types across lines of business. Supporting volume-intensive, legacy applications, Web service and mainframe
environments, GridServer software enables applications to scale infinitely over virtualized, heterogeneous system resources. As a result, organizations are able to create an agile and responsive IT infrastructure that leverages existing system capacity to access computing power on demand, resulting in reduced IT costs and improved quality of service levels.