Dutch Shell, Kansai Electric Power Sign On For IBM's Grid Effort

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IBM said this week that Royal Dutch Shell and Kansai Electric Power are using grid computing technologies to streamline business processes.

Royal Dutch Shell will use grid computing for seismic interpretation based on existing applications. The technology runs on IBM eServer xSeries hardware running Globus grid computing technologies and Linux. The technology cut processing time while improving data quality, allowing Royal Dutch Shell to focus employees on key scientific problems, IBM said.

The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc, Japan's second-largest electric utility, will use grid computing to integrate information distributed across departments and affiliated companies to allow information sharing using existing systems and to develop new businesses more rapidly at minimum cost, IBM said.

IBM also introduced new grid computing technologies for the petroleum, electronics, higher education and agricultural chemicals industries.

And IBM said more than 35 companies, including Cisco Systems, will join with IBM to develop grid computing infrastructure technologies. IBM and Cisco are working together to enable enhanced grid services for storage area networks.

This story courtesy of InternetWeek

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