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3Tera Announces AppLogic Grid Operating System

Quoting from GRIDToday

3Tera Inc. announced the release of AppLogic 1.2, the industry's first Grid operating system designed to enable utility computing for transactional Web applications. AppLogic allows hosting providers to offer utility computing services by converting commodity servers into fully scalable shared grids that are easy to manage. The system enables existing software to be packaged into self-contained, portable applications that can be deployed and scaled to dozens of servers on demand on any AppLogic grid. As a result, open source developers, Web 2.0 and SaaS companies can rapidly deploy Web applications without owning and operating hardware infrastructure, and pay only for the resources they actually use.

"AppLogic allows hosting providers to move to a utility model by enabling them to host transactional and streaming Web applications on a grid. The applications become highly available and scalable for the first time, giving both hosting providers and developers a significant competitive advantage and dramatically simplifying operations," said Bert Armijo, vice president of marketing at 3Tera. "AppLogic gives anyone with a browser and basic IT skills the ability to visually assemble, deploy, manage and scale N-tier Web applications in minutes, effectively removing the time, cost and complexity barriers associated with bringing Internet-scale services to market."

Key to the capabilities AppLogic provides is leveraging the company's disposable infrastructure technology. Disposable infrastructure enables traditional appliances such as firewalls, load balancers, application servers and storage to become an integral part of the Web application. Users visually assemble the infrastructure required to deploy and scale their applications. When an application starts, all required infrastructure is created automatically on the grid, maintained while needed, and disposed of when the application is stopped. As a result, each application includes everything required to run on a grid of commodity servers. This enables applications to be replicated complete with their data and content, scaled from a fraction of a server up to the whole grid, and even migrated to another grid, anywhere in the world, in minutes. The system handles server and storage failures without loss of data, permits hardware resources to be added or removed dynamically, and allows the grid and all applications to be managed remotely through an interactive Web interface.

"Unlike existing virtualized IT service delivery platforms that are cobbled together using disparate software and hardware solutions, AppLogic is a single system that enables us to host N-tier applications without adding new infrastructure or IT staff," said John Keagy, president and CEO of UtilityServe. "AppLogic allowed us to provide new utility services to our customers within 30 days, and they are assured of a high availability solution that enables them to effortlessly and cost-effectively scale their applications as usage grows."

"Our Web 2.0 and SaaS customers want to focus on developing their services and growing their business, rather than on operating and maintaining IT infrastructure," said Todd Abrams, president of Layered Technologies. "AppLogic enables our customers to deploy new releases easily, scale instantly to meet business demands, and pay only for the memory resources their running applications use, providing them with remarkable agility and making unused capacity and over-provisioning a thing of the past."

AppLogic provides an AJAX-based visual interface and a scriptable shell, allowing users to deploy, scale and manage applications with ease. The system includes ready to deploy applications such as SugarCRM, Bugzilla, TWiki and SiteKreator, as well as a catalog of pre-packaged and supported disposable infrastructure components that make it easier to build, deploy and monitor N-tier applications, all from a single interface.

Published Monday, September 18, 2006 1:09 PM by David Marshall
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