From:"Open magazine" <>
Subject: New ideas in tape archiving and grid computing
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 11:08:55 -0400
Your strategic guide to Open Source
April 19, 2006

Hello Mike Swier  

In This Issue

1) Open tests the newest entry in supertape: The Quantum DLT-S4 
2) How to drive a grid by policy

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The Issue in Detail

Supertape Performance Paradox
With a native throughput rate that's 20% slower than IBM's LTO3 drive, 
many will look at the specs for the new DLT-S4 (a.k.a. 4th generation 
SDLT) tape drive and wonder why it's super. Running our standard 
benchmarks we confirmed this relationship and joined the skeptics. 
Nonetheless, when backup tests consistently finished 30% faster using the new 
drive, we went to work on writing new tape benchmarks, now available on the 
openBench Labs site,. Learn how the DLT-S4 streams slower to run 

Driving a Grid by Policy
For grid computing as a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to reach 
its potential, the commercial software that orchestrates discovery, 
coupling, and management of services in the grid needs to be just as 
Interoperable as the services themselves. To insure that future, leaders of 
the Apache Web Services Project and commercial SOA software vendors are 
developing an open source framework for the mediation of Web services. 
Dubbed "Synapse," and placed in the Apache Software Foundation's 
incubator for Web services, the SOA mediation framework is intended to foster 
greater reliability and resiliency for grid computing. Learn why 
Gartner sees such open-source middleware as proof that "open-source 
technology will have a massive impact on application integration."

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