IBM has unveiled new software that allows corporate users to carry out both cross-platform and cross-domain scheduling by integrating enterprise-class applications across both grids and other distributed environments.
With built-in grid support, Version 8.2 of the Workload Scheduler for Virtualised Data Centres can help IT shops glue together an on-demand e-business, and then allow administrators to also manage that environment from just one place.
"We think the overall scheduling market is poised for considerable growth as workload scheduling becomes an integral piece of business integration," said Laura Sanders, a vice president with IBM's Tivoli unit.
With the support for grids and HPC (High-Performance Computing) clusters, IBM views the release as a necessary evolution in order for it to play a more meaningful role in on-demand environments.
"We see this as a tactical release. It is the first scheduling solution for on-demand operating environments, but... we will extend [the Scheduler] into our Enterprise Workload Manager, Tivoli Orchestrator, Provisioning Manager and a couple of our security products," said Mark Morneault, Tivoli's senior marketing manager for Grid Workload Management.
The new version has interfaces that are compliant with the Open Grid Services Architecture standard for grids, which allows IBM's Workload Scheduler to interact with other grid offerings, including those of Platform Computing and Data Synapse.
Some users said they like the idea of being able to manage a patchwork of different environments from a single location, believing it is worth the investment of time and money.
"We think this product can provide Tivoli with a single view of our workload scheduling environment that is made up of mainframes, HPC clusters, and grid pools. We can manage jobs across all those environments from one console," said Isao Adachi, ESM group manager with NTT Data.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld