Globetom Launches Grid Enterprise Foundation Framework

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Centurion-based software creator Globetom today announced the launch of the first release of its open source-based Grid Technology software. The Globetom Enterprise Foundation (GEF) framework provides a generic infrastructure that enables the construction of service-oriented architecture (SOA) grids.

The Globetom Enterprise Foundation (GEF) framework provides a generic infrastructure that enables the construction of service-oriented architecture (SOA) grids.

The framework includes rich functionality for enterprise application integration (EAI) using SOA principles. This, coupled with the ability to dynamically add new servers to a GEF-based grid infrastructure, ensures Globetom is able to deliver true open source-based scale-out architectures to customers.

“We are proud to announce that we have already integrated standard third-party products into the GEF solution. We have a standard Java plug-in environment for the Monfox Dynamic TMN toolset for telecommunications network resource management. This enables us to build true scale-as-you-grow network mediation functionality for heterogeneous telecommunication networks,” says Philip Stander, Globetom Managing Director.

“In addition, the product also delivers off the shelf database integration with Oracle 9i and 10g database systems. GEF also supports business process execution logic using a sophisticated modelling tool developed by Globetom. The entire grid configuration is driven from a centralised grid control function that is deployed in a highly available configuration,” adds Stander.

The product is presently supported on computing grids based on Linux distributions, with Red Hat as preferred distribution, as well as Sun Solaris. The first commercial deployment of a GEF-based umbrella telecommunications network management application is under way at present using the Monfox Dynamic TMN toolset as the underlying adapter infrastructure to communicate with a variety of network domains using ITU-T standards.

A second deployment of GEF is also in progress and will be using the GEF distributed data communication infrastructure to build a collaborative messaging application between distributed clients and a centralised processing infrastructure.

“The fact that we are already able to use this infrastructure in different industry sectors bodes well for the product,” says Stander “We are proud of the fact that we have maximised the use of open source technologies in the construction of GEF in order to ensure that we are able to deliver advanced technology to our customers without reliance on proprietary third-party software. At the same time we recognise the difference between open source and open standards and continuously look at incorporating best of breed open standards-based software to enrich our own product offerings. A good example of this is the integration of the Monfox Dynamic TMN toolkit for telco network management and its excellent implementation of the ITU-T CMIS standards.

“The product will initially be available in the form of run-time licences to customers using the GEF framework to meet the EAI or network resource integration needs of our network and service provider customers. Developer licences may be considered later in the product lifecycle, but at this stage the product already offers very rich extension capabilities as any third-party development can be integrated with the GEF centralised service location broker which acts as a service location information source for GEF-based computing grids,” concludes Stander.

“In addition, the Business Process Execution Logic engine allows for dynamic loading of customised extension libraries making it possible to developed almost any EAI application on the GEF framework.”

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