Grid vendor United Devices moving away from HPTC, toward virtualization

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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.


  1. […] So, when I heard about virtualized service grids, I wondered if the “virtualized” moniker just get added because virtualization is hot right now? Or, is this a real next-generation grid model? Well, there’s a lot of activity in this space, as I’ve seen when reading Virtualization and Grid Computing blog, which has been a great resource for me. I see, too, that endors seem to be hopping on board. For instance, on the Inside HPC blog, I read that grid vendor United Devices is pursuing creation of virtualization products. […]