IBM, HP, Intel, and Nortel Networks have joined together to promote open-sourced-based systems for grid computing.
Grid computing involves joining clusters of servers together to form a more powerful data processing platform.
All four have joined the Globus Consortium, which is promoting the use of the Globus Toolkit, an open source platform initially developed by fellow consortium member Univa.
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Univa is particularly active in the education market but is also pushing its toolkit in the commercial sector.
With the help of the four major companies in the consortium, open source grid activity in the commercial sector should be given a major boost.
Oracle, a keen advocate of grid computing, co-founded its own alliance, the Enterprise Grid Alliance.
However, the Globus Consortium, unlike its Oracle-led alternative, focuses on open source grid solutions.