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Virtualized networks serve up computing as needed. Emerging Grid technologies, for example, allow a collection of resources to be shared and managed just as if they were one large, virtualized computer.

Here's a list of the best content on our sites for learning about virtualized computing.

Grid computing can be defined as applying resources from many computers in a network -- at the same time -- to a single problem, usually a problem that requires a large number of processing cycles or access to large amounts of data.
We recommend that you start with the following products, many of which are included with a developerWorks Subscription.
WebSphere Studio
IBM WebSphere Studio is an open comprehensive development environment for building, testing and deploying dynamic on demand e-business applications. Founded on open technologies and built on Eclipse, WebSphere Studio provides a flexible, portal-like integration of multi-language, multi-platform and multi-device application development tools that maximize your productivity, increase ROI and improve overall time to value.
WebSphere Application Server
IBM WebSphere Application Server is a high-performance and extremely scalable transaction engine for dynamic e-business applications. The Open Services Infrastructure allows companies to deploy a core operating environment that works as a reliable foundation capable of handling high volume secure transactions and Web services. WebSphere continues the evolution to a single Web services-enabled, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server and development environment that addresses the essential elements needed for an on demand operating environment.
WebSphere Business Integration Server V4.2
You can use WebSphere Business Integration Server V4.2 to quickly integrate new or existing applications or systems on diverse platforms, create and rapidly deploy new business processes, or solve a variety of business integration needs.
DB2 Information Integrator
This new family of products is designed to help you integrate structured, semistructured and unstructured information effectively and efficiently. These products, based on the previously disclosed Xperanto project, provide the foundation for a strategic information integration framework to help access, manipulate, and integrate diverse, distributed and real-time data.
DB2 Universal Database
DB2 Version 8.1 helps solve critical business problems by integrating information across the entire enterprise by leveraging federated Web services and XML. DB2 is delivering new federated capabilities that enable customers to integrate information as Web services. DB2 also delivers new XML enhancements that make it easier for programmers to integrate DB2 and XML information.
Looking for training that can get you started? We recommend the following.
Speed-start your Linux app
Hungry for Linux apps? Get IBM middleware for Linux (DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio Site Developer, WebSphere MQ, Lotus Domino, Tivoli Access Manager, and more) on a free Linux Software Evaluation Kit (SEK) -- plus all the free tech support and training you need to get started!
Speed-start Web services
Do you want to learn how to build and deploy Web services using the latest Java-based tools and middleware from IBM that support industry-based open standards? The Speed-start Web services program has everything you need. Get the latest IBM development tools and middleware, provide online training with tutorials and articles, and hands-on workshops and technical briefings in your area. There's even technical support with online forums moderated by IBM Web services experts.
e-business on demand Technical Briefing
Join the IBM Competitive Technology Laboratory for this full day e-business on demand seminar. Every on demand e-business requires an operating environment to build, run, and manage its critical business applications. This seminar will demonstrate how IBM's middleware products provide such an environment for any business. See how Rational tools increase the efficiency of application development. Watch WebSphere, Lotus, and DB2 in action as they provide a comprehensive and open run time. Learn how Tivoli can reduce the cost of managing the I/T infrastructure.
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