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IBM puts own stamp on grid software

IBM has released its own version of "grid" software based on the Globus Toolkit project, the company said Tuesday at the Global Grid Forum conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Big Blue announced support for the toolkit last November but now essentially sells packaged versions of the toolkit for Linux and its version of Unix.

Grid software, spawned in academia but now edging into the business world, lets servers and storage systems be pooled into larger groups of computing power. Big Blue's Global Services division also has begun offering services to help customers install grids.