A consortium to launch a super-fast computer storage server has been founded by a pioneering Birmingham company.
Zybert Computing has joined with leading players to form the GridBox Consortium, and they are meeting scientists, component manufacturers and IT project leaders to present the new prototype of the GridBox server at Birmingham University Physics Department, on June 29.
They will discuss current and future applications for their British technology - and its possible benefits to the UK IT industry in general.
Now they want to promote British design of high-end computer storage servers, with the efficiency to handle large-scale data projects - saving public cash by providing better value IT for the NHS, councils and Government departments.
The GridBox is indefinitely scalable, has ground-breaking data transmission rate and is totally transparent to 32/64 bit applications.
Each gridbox unit can have up to 8TB (terabytes) capacity in a small enclosure but this density of data will increase soon.
Zybert Computing, of Edgbaston - www.zybert.co.uk - has already delivered four similar super-servers for a CERN-led European project, to link thousands of hospitals in a network called MammoGrid.
The firm's GridBox server allows doctors across Europe to share images and data, to help spot borderline breast cancers.
The consortium members - including major players such as Bell Microproducts Europe, Akasa Europe and PCI Case - will meet chosen computer component makers and potential future users, and representatives from largescale scientific projects involving GRID technology. They are hoping to attract support from regional development agencies.
The Gridbox has been specifically designed for computer GRID applications, that will dominate any large scale or global IT projects.
Lucy Zybert said: " Computer GRID Technology can be compared with the power grid. Power resources can be shared between different suppliers and countries, at the point and time of demand, without the need to have spare capacity at the moment and place where crisis is looming. The same applies to computing resources and data access.
"Rather than buying IT equipment overseas, this product would provide better value for the UK, better access for support, flexibility and new jobs. We could have the largest assembly line here in Birmingham if the demand grows rapidly."
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