Sun’s Grid Engine now features Cloud burst and Apache Hadoop Integration

Sun (or is that Oracle…) has released a new version of their Grid Engine which brings it into the cloud.

There are two main additions in this release. The First is is integration with Apache Hadoop in which Hadoop jobs can now be submitted to Grid Engine, as if they were any other computation job. The Grid Engine also understand Hadoop’s global file systems which means that the Grid Engine is able to send work to the correct part of the cluster (data affinity).

The second is dynamic resource reallocation which also includes the ability to use on-demand resources from Amazon EC2. Grid Engine also is now able to manage resources across logical clusters which can be either in Cloud or off Cloud. This means that Grid engine can now be configured to “cloud burst” dependent on load which is a great feature. Integration is specifically set up with EC2 and enables scale down as well as scale up.

This release of Grid Engine also implements a usage accounting and billing feature called ARCo, making it truly SaaS ready as it is able to cost and bill jobs.

Impressive and useful stuff, and if you are interested in finding out more you can do so here.

Amazon EC2 News / Round Up

There is a good PDF whitepaper on using Oracle with Amazon Web Services which can be downloaded here.


A tutorial by Amazon on creating an Active Directory Domain on Amazon EC2 is a thorough article and well worth the read if you intend to implement this functionality on the cloud.


Simon Brunozzi from Amazon gives a good talk on “From zero to Cloud in 30 minutes” at the Next conference in Hamburg which can be viewed below.





Leventum talk about how they implemented the first ERP solution on the cloud using Compiere.


Jay Crossler Looks at how to visualize different cloud computing algorithms using serious Games technologies on the Amazon EC2 cloud below:


Oracle in the Cloud

For those who want to understand more about Oracle technology in the Cloud then have a look through the presentation below.There is also details of a customer success story (Harvard Medical School) on Slide 28 for those interested in real cloud use cases.