Grid and Utility Computing--Ready for Prime Time?

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In a free Xtalks webinar on Wednesday, April 10, 2007, 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT, Nicholas Carr, former Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review, Author of "Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corosion of Competitive Advantage", Bert Armijo, Co-founder and VP Product Management, 3tera, Inc., and Todd Abrams, President and COO, Layered Technologies will consider grid and utility computing and the changes it is bringing to the data centers today. http://www.xtalks.com/gridcomputing0704.ashx

In a free Xtalks webinar on Wednesday, April 10, 2007, 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT, Nicholas Carr, former Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review, Author of "Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corosion of Competitive Advantage", Bert Armijo, Co-founder and VP Product Management, 3tera, Inc., and Todd Abrams, President and COO, Layered Technologies will consider grid and utility computing and the changes it is bringing to the data centers today.

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Utility computing has sparked imaginations. Eliminating capital investment, provisioning resources dynamically, and paying as you go for what you actually use are very attractive features. Recovering automatically from hardware failures alone could save many enterprises millions. Many considered this utopian concept unobtainable, but academics have operated this way for over a decade through the use of grid computing. Unfortunately, the benefits of grid computing were limited to technical computations and required code specifically written to run on the grid. Mainstream business applications have been locked out.

Until now. Recent advances in grid technology, like 3tera's AppLogic, have enabled the first true utility computing services. For the first time, companies can build, deploy and scale complex online systems without owning or operating a single server. More importantly, this simplification allows enterprises to regain control of their IT platforms, enabling them to accelerate business critical updates features additions in support of revenue objectives. SaaS and Web 2.0 companies, along with forward looking enterprises, are already starting to take advantage of this new business model. Gone are the time, cost and hardware barriers associated with bringing transactional Web applications to market and scaling them as the service demand grows.

IT Guru Nicholas Carr, former Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review and Author "Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage" will elaborate on the possibilities the new utility computing model, based on AppLogic, opens to the enterprise, the changes it brings to IT today and competitive advantages enterprises can gain.

In addition, there will be a short demonstration of how AppLogic makes infrastructure so simple to define and manage, that deploying and scaling applications takes just a few clicks of a mouse and basic IT skills.

Attendees will learn how to utilize hosting providers like Layered Technologies who have the required IT infrastructure and are offering new cost-effective, scalable hosting solutions for online applications to the enterprise.

Attendees will learn:

  •     Why delivering online services that align to the business needs shouldn't be slow, incredibly complex and budget sinking task.
  •     How leveraging a hosted grid infrastructure of standard commodity servers allows enterprises to focus on delivering new online applications, meeting their business objectives without the hassle of buying, installing and managing hardware in house.
  •     Why utility computing is not about managed services and high consultant fees, but clear and transparent pay-as-you-go model.

Registration for the event is currently open and free at: http://www.xtalks.com/gridcomputing0704.ashx

Sponsoring Partners:

3Tera, Inc. is the innovator of grid and utility computing services that simplify the deployment and scaling of Web applications. The company's AppLogic grid operating system enables hosting providers to offer the first true utility computing services that completely remove the cost and complexity associated with hardware infrastructure. Software-as-a-Service providers, enterprises, and open source developers can now get new online services to market quickly by utilizing resources from commodity hosting providers on a pay-as-you-go basis, while maintaining complete control of applications including visual operation, scaling, and on-demand resource provisioning. 3Tera is a privately-held company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California with R&D facilities in Silicon Valley, Israel and Eastern Europe. For more information about 3Tera and its solutions, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.3tera.com.

Layered Technologies, Inc. is a provider of next generation self-managed, dedicated server products and services. Through bundling hardware, software, bandwidth, and Tier 1 data centers, Layered Technologies serves clients in over 120 countries. Layered Technologies' goal is to provide solutions that allow enterprise customers and small and medium businesses to tap instant on-demand hosting and utility computing. For more information about Layered Technologies, visit http://www.layeredtech.com or http://www.thegridlayer.com.

About Xtalks

Xtalks brings industry experts to executives' desktops around the world in a web-based information network that provides insight into breaking business issues through interactive digital web conferences. Xtalks web conferences allow anyone with interest in a particular topic to participate in a web meeting by synchronizing their desktop computer and phone alongside industry experts. Xtalks is part of The Honeycomb Worldwide Group of Companies.

Honeycomb Worldwide creates peer-to-peer business-oriented social networking communities, connecting senior level executives by delivering content through new and established media channels. http://www.honeycombworldwide.com

For more information on this conference or Xtalks in general, or to enquire about speaking opportunities or sponsoring future events, visit http://www.xtalks.com or contact Karen Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, at 312-977-1166.

Register for free at http://www.xtalks.com/gridcomputing0704.ashx

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