Internetnews.com thinks its spotted a trend: enterprise grid software manufacturers moving into data center virtualization support.
Like fellow commercial grid computing pioneers DataSynapse and Platform Computing, [United Devices] has been moving away from its grid roots and into the data center virtualization market.
Rouse sees grid environments as able to complement existing virtualization offerings, giving them more stability and flexibility using technology that virtualization vendors haven’t traditionally focused on.
Grid, says Rouse, can create pools of virtual machines, set policies, provide automation and help meet service-level agreements (SLAs) in virtualized environments.
And UD is putting its money where its mouth is:
UD recently laid off a significant portion of its HPC sales staff in what Rouse called a “decision to organize aggressively around” the data center virtualization market.
Last year, one-third of UD’s sales were in the data center, a number that Rouse expects to exceed 50 percent this year. “The lifetime revenue expectations in the data center application market are so much higher than HPC,” he said.