EGEE and Business

EGEE's Business Associates

EGEE's Business Associates comprise eight companies: Avanade, Constellation Technologies, Excelian, GridwiseTech, Hitachi, Linalis, NICE and Platform Computing, which are working on technical developments, market surveys and on strategic approaches for the effective transfer of EGEE's technology.  

Avanade is a global IT consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft platform to help enterprises achieve profitable growth. Through proven solutions that extend Microsoft products, Avanade helps enterprises increase revenue, reduce costs, and reinvest in innovation to gain competitive advantage. For more information visit

To fulfill the computing power needs of complex projects, like finance simulations, we created a proprietary grid architecture based on .NET. We are working with EGEE to implement their standards in our solutions, targeting full interoperability with gLite to provide more flexibility and features to both systems.
                        -Raffaele Sgherri, Avanade Italy


Constellation Technologies, Ltd. is a UK-based company pioneering the global grid infrastructure software as a result from a collaboration effort at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and CERN, CH supported by the STFC in the UK.

At the moment, gLite middleware has a high level of technology readiness that can be demonstrated by its worldwide production deployment within LCG and other scientific and academic projects. Constellation Technologies, Ltd. provides a wide set of services  related  to industrialisation of this grid technology such as industry level middleware distribution, commercial operational support, commercial training and consultancy and development services.
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Excelian was established in 2001 to deliver flexible and scalable Murex solutions across a variety of versions, modules, instruments and business areas. Since then, their proven track record of delivering successful tailored projects has led to becoming widely recognised as a leading provider of Cross-Asset, STP Murex integration services for clients across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. For more information visit

We are keen to work with EGEE. We are looking forward to helping to shape the infrastructure by bringing the problems facing businesses today to EGEE and in turn making the product and the community more relevant to current business needs. We will be able to capitalise on the research and experience of the EGEE community while helping the project look for new opportunities to grow and develop valuable tools and skills.
                        -Adam Vile of Excelian.

GridwiseTech is the vendor-independent expert on scalable solutions helping customers in speeding up data processing, removing application bottlenecks and building complete scalable systems. The company introduces modern concepts of Grid, virtualization, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and application-driven portals. GridwiseTech offers management consulting as well as comprehensive technical assistance in integration of multi-vendor components. The company is present in Europe, Asia and the US, serving a wide variety of clients ranging from Fortune Global 500 companies to small and medium enterprises, to research and government agencies. For more information please visit

One of GridwiseTech's successes is integrating internal job management environment of Philips Research with external, on-demand resources managed by the EGEE Grid. The job execution layer comes together with a user-friendly, application-oriented portal, and is secured by grid's virtual organization. This solution, combined with LCG/gLite can easily serve other industrial customers, increasing their current compute capabilities by an order of magnitude, without any extra hardware expenses and with no grid knowledge required from end-users.


Hitachi's goal is an enriched society with ubiquitous information. It contributes to the development of information lifelines by offering reliable, high-performance advanced platform technologies and solutions. For more information visit

We are thrilled to start this collaboration with EGEE. By having the possibility of integrating our data grid solution with the EGEE framework, we will be able to contribute to the scientific community and bring in a much-needed mechanism for handling huge quantities of data. In return, we will be able to talk directly with people and organisations dealing every day with such quantities of data, and learn from their direct experience.
                        -Alessandro Bassi, Hitachi  SAL (Sophia Antipolis Laboratory


Linalis is a Geneva based company offering training services on Linux and related subjects. In order to answer a market opening for standards-compliant, open source middleware with commercial support and training. EGEE has entered into this partnership that will offer mutual benefits with the common aim of increasing training to both science and industry
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NICE Srl works with companies in the mechanical, energy, biotech, aerospace, electronics, and telecom fields, as well as with research and education organisations to solve problems related to computing resource optimization and rationalization. NICE Italy will develop its GENIUS Grid Portal and EnginFrame FrameWork, to make them compatible with the EGEE middleware gLite. For more information visit

NICE has always been a strong supporter of the EGEE project right from the first phase.  As part of this collaboration and cooperation effort we are proud to become one of the first participants in the Business Associate programme, which gives us a valuable channel to make significant technical contributions and leverage off the considerable expertise built up in Grid computing within the EGEE project. On the other hand, as one of the leaders in the commercial Grid sector, NICE has much experience and knowledge to offer to the EGEE project, especially as it aims to attract more industrial and business users.
                        -Beppe Ugolotti, NICE, Italy.


Platform Computing is the leading systems infrastructure software company that accelerates applications and delivers IT agility for increased business performance and reduced cost. Founded in 1992, Platform has been a pioneer in HPC, Cluster and Grid Computing technologies. Platform has over 2000 global customers and strategic relationships with Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat and SAS, along with the industry's broadest support for third-party applications. Platform computing will work with EGEE to improve the interoperability of the gLite middleware with LSF, so that resources connected through the LSF local resources management system can be better exploited on the Grid. For more information please visit

Platform is excited about collaborating with EGEE to apply our Grid computing technologies to EGEE's Grid in support of diverse research and business applications, says Prof. Songnian Zhou, CEO of Platform. "The combination of Platform's production-proven Grid products and the innovative Grid infrastructure and applications developed by EGEE will lead to a world-leading production Grid across Europe and the world in advance of science and research, and establish a standard for the broad adoption of Grid by the industries.
                            -Prof. Songnian Zhou, Platform