Harbor Research and Barrington Partners Announce Partnership and Availability of SmartSphere(R) Cluster Computing Demonstration

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Interactive Web Demonstration is First Deliverable from the Partnership Formed by Harbor Research and Barrington Partners

As the first deliverable of their business partnership, Harbor Research, Inc. and Barrington Partners Management, Inc. announce the immediate availability of a SmartSphere(R) demonstration that maps the cluster computing market segment. Over fifty companies are mapped in this database-driven, interactive web demonstration. The demonstration graphically displays sample industry eco-systems that include system vendors, interconnect and networking vendors, and development and cluster tools vendors. Partnerships, alliances and other relationships are visually displayed and can be navigated interactively. The demonstration is freely available online at http://harborresearch.com/smartsphere/. A complete cluster computing industry mapping is available as part of Harbor's Cluster and Grid Computing Research Service.

SmartSphere(R) is a live business intelligence tool for executives, market and corporate development teams and others who need to rapidly make sense of industry eco-systems formed by relationships between investors, suppliers, OEMs, channels, customers in a market. SmartSphere(R) delivers highly visual, interactive market information which is ideal for:

  • Mapping and tracking the strategic alliances and relationships that power market growth.
  • Creating "live intelligence" on growth opportunities.
  • Mapping and tracking emerging growth companies and their relationships with partners, customers and investors.
  • Decision support for marketing, business and corporate development objectives and tasks.

More about the SmartSphere(R) Cluster Computing Demonstration

The SmartSphere(R) Cluster Computing demonstration was jointly developed by Harbor Research and Barrington Partners. The demonstration mapping includes companies such as Cray Inc., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Legend Group Ltd., Linux Networx, Mellanox Technologies Inc., Myricom Inc., Topspin Communications Inc., PathScale Inc., Platform Computing Inc., and the Portland Group Compiler Technology of STMicroelectronics N.V. More than forty other companies are also represented in the mapping. While navigating through the demonstration, information about the companies is presented, including relationships with investors, suppliers, customers, and partners. Company information, including product information, is also displayed.

The demonstration is freely available online at http://harborresearch.com/smartsphere/.

Partnership between Harbor and Barrington

Harbor Research and Barrington Partners are also announcing today that they have entered into a partnership to pursue joint opportunities associated with their business practices in the Pervasive Internet, and Cluster and Grid Computing markets.

"In working with Barrington Partners we found excellent synergy in our respective approaches to working in market segments of mutual interest," said Glen Allmendinger, President of Harbor Research, "Barrington Partners offers a technology savvy, strongly operational, hands-on consulting methodology that is a valuable complement to our own products and services."

"As we worked with Harbor Research, we increasingly saw the value in formalizing our working relationship, said Remy Malan, General Partner at Barrington Partners. "By entering into a partnership with Harbor we will be able to jointly pursue more in-depth projects. Harbor Research offers a rich set of unique services such as SmartSphere(R) which offer great leverage in our practice."

About Harbor Research

Harbor Research Inc. has been providing strategic consulting and research services to leaders in communications, computing, control, and content since 1983. The firm focuses on emergent and disruptive opportunities in high technology. Harbor has built extended relationships with larger multi-line companies as well as focused growth companies, including Cadence Design, EMC, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Hughes, IBM, Intel, PTC and SGI, and also works regularly for a broad array of start-ups and pre-IPO technology ventures.

About Barrington Partners

Barrington Partners Management, Inc. is a consulting organization that specializes in high technology business and marketing consulting. Barrington Partners helps its clients understand their markets, develop executable strategies and business plans, and turn acquired information into action. The company focuses on the integration platform, information access, and cluster and grid computing industry segments, and places special emphasis on its practice in device and embedded computing, knowledge management, and commodity/Linux cluster computing. Clients include both established public enterprises and emerging private companies. More information about the company is available at http://www.barringtonpartners.com/.

SmartSphere(R) is a registered trademark of Harbor Research, Inc. All other trademarks and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


Glen Allmendinger, President

Harbor Research, Inc.


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Remy Malan, General Partner

Barrington Partners Management, Inc.




Copyright 2004 Harbor Research, Inc. and Barrington Partners Management, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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