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Oracle Joins Enterprise Grid Alliance

Oracle Joins Enterprise Grid Alliance to Drive Adoption of Grid Computing

Redwood Shores, California, USA. April 20, 2004.

Oracle today announced it has joined industry leaders in founding the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a consortium created to develop enterprise grid solutions and accelerate the deployment of grid computing.

Enterprise grid computing is capable of delivering a number of benefits including resource sharing, incremental scaling and reduction in Information Technology (IT) requirements. A combination of complementary products, rather than a single offering, is necessary for grid computing. For example, Oracle Database 10g enables clusters of machines to operate as a single entity, while blade servers and storage-area networks provide a crucial piece of a grid environment. Through its involvement with the EGA, Oracle will help develop interoperable systems, bringing together the many pieces of the enterprise grid computing puzzle.

"Grid computing will revolutionize the way we use technology," said Benny Souder, vice president of Distributed Database Development, Server Technologies Division, Oracle Corp. "As a founding member of the EGA, we look forward to leveraging our experience with grid computing to enable the standardization and proliferation of enterprise grid computing. With solutions developed specifically for enterprise grids, companies will finally be able to maximize their existing technology resources."

The EGA is an open, independent and vendor-neutral community addressing the near-term requirements for deploying commercial applications in a grid environment. Initial focus areas include reference models, provisioning, security and accounting. The Alliance will address obstacles that organizations face in using enterprise grids through open, interoperable solutions and best practices. By focusing exclusively on the needs of enterprise users, the EGA will enable businesses to realize the many benefits of grid computing such as faster response to changing business needs, better utilization and service level performance and lower IT operating costs.

"Although grid computing is already well-established in the academic, research and technical sectors it has yet to gain significant traction throughout the enterprise," said Donald Deutsch, president, Enterprise Grid Alliance and vice president, standards strategy and architecture, Oracle Corp. "In close coordination, the members of the EGA will create open, interoperable enterprise grid computing solutions and increase the adoption of enterprise grid computing."

Representing a broad cross-section of leading technology companies, Oracle will join additional founding members — EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, NEC, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems — to drive adoption of grid computing. Specifically, the board of directors will participate in and chair committees and vote to approve the consortium's output and core capabilities.

About Oracle

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, please visit

About Enterprise Grid Alliance

The Enterprise Grid Alliance is an open consortium focused on developing and promoting enterprise grid solutions. Membership is open to all organizations via multiple participation tiers. For more information, please visit our Web site at


Letty Ledbetter
Oracle Corp.
Tel: +1 (650) 506 8071


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details and references in the news story: "Technology Companies Form Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) Consortium."

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