Business analytical software supplier SAS has become a member of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) organised to promote and develop the concept of distributed computing.
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SAS Institute's membership in the organisation coincides with the work SAS already has been doing with SAS Connect, a parallel processing technology used to distribute and run large computational jobs to various computers, according to Tho Nguyen, program manager of data integration at SAS.
Industry analysts say membership in the GGF will add credibility to SAS Connect technology. In addition, SAS is a close working partner with IBM, an early promoter of grid computing and a member of the GGF, according to Andrew Braunberg, senior analyst of information security/data warehousing at Current Analysis.
"Keep in mind about SAS entering grid. SAS also has a tight relationship with IBM, which helps explain SAS' additional motivation" to join, said Braunberg.
SAS is a different player from most of the participants in the GGF, made up of early adopters and some hardware companies.
"Joining GGF certainly demonstrates the mainstreaming of the concept," Braunberg said.
SAS already has a number of customers deploying its grid technology including the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and a major financial institution managing millions of credit card customers.
Membership in the Global Grid Forum will also help SAS share grid research with other industry leaders, said Keith Collins, senior vice-president and chief technology officer at SAS.
Ephraim Schwartz writes for InfoWorld