This IBM Redbook is part of a series of documents related to grid computing that IBM is presenting to the IT community to enrich it and all its players: clients, industry leaders, emerging enterprises, universities, and producers of technology. It is mainly oriented to IT architects or those who have the responsibility of analyzing the capabilities of the product used to build a grid solution.
We describe the functions of grid computing and the categorizations of the components within it. IBM, ISVs, and open source products will be explained. Some of these products are not specific for grid, but they can be used in a grid computing environment. We hope that this redbook helps you select functions and products and shows you how grid can fit into your IT picture as new products and services for grid are introduced.
Part 1 introduces the concept of grid computing and provides the terminology the readers will use in this redbook.
Part 2 explores the functionality associated with certain products and product families. It also presents some examples of the utilization of these products in the grid computing environment.
Part 3 presents grid computing product families that can be used to build a complete grid solution. These bundles, or suites, often implement most of the core grid disciplines.
Part 4 gives an overview of the grid computing offerings and services that IBM provides.