Applying grid technology to business IT infrastructures represents an evolution of the virtualization, integration, and support of industry standards that IBM® has long been applying to solve customers' business problems. Grid computing allows a set of disparate computers in an organization to function as one large, integrated computing system. That single system can then be used on problems and processes that are too large and intensive for any single computer to easily handle alone efficiently. Additionally, a grid provides processing capacity redundancy in support of high availability objectives, so that if one machine in the grid is offline, work is assigned to another machine.
The parallel engine of IBM InfoSphere® Information Server enables IBM InfoSphere DataStage®, QualityStage®, and Information Analyzer jobs to run in parallel on either a single symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) server or on multiple servers in a clustered environment. To optimize the value of a grid, IBM Lab Services offers the Grid Enablement Toolkit to work with InfoSphere Information Server and resource manager software to dynamically build these configuration files based on the machine reservations that are available. This solution guide explores running InfoSphere Information Server in a grid environment and provides an overview of the Grid Enablement Toolkit.
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