Posted By Rich Miller On August 31, 2009 @ 1:57 pm In Disaster Recovery,SunGard Availability | No Comments
As a disaster recovery specialist, Sungard Availability Services  has an armada of workstations in its facilities for that “what if” moment, ready to provide an instant operations center in the event a disaster affects a client. But what about the rest of the time?
The company has decided to put these computers to work through a new initiative called the Responsible Computing Project. Sungard is using more than 1,000 disaster recovery workstations in its Philadelphia, New York and Chicago data centers to create a computing grid that will perform processing for scientific and humanitarian projects.
When workstations are needed for customer testing or disaster recovery, the Responsible Computing Project allows volunteer jobs to be immediately suspended. The workstation is then automatically converted to its customer’s desktop image, with no impact to either the volunteer project or the customers’ recovery objectives. When the workstations are no longer in use, the volunteer computing projects will resume automatically.
“The Responsible Computing Project exemplifies SunGard’s commitment to harnessing our available resources to address scientific problems, aid in humanitarian efforts and benefit the greater good,” said Steve Buckus, vice president, operations, recovery services at SunGard Availability Services.
The SunGard Responsible Computing Project provides unused central processing units (CPUs) to several volunteer research projects, including:
The SunGard Responsible Computing Project is facilitated via the University of California Berkeley’s Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) platform, a free software structure available to any individual or organization wishing to participate in volunteer computing projects.
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