The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) and the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, 20 January, at EGI.eu's headquarters in Amsterdam. The MoU formalises the continuing business relationship between the two institutions.
The MoU establishes that IGE will provide new technology components to the EGI’s software repository. Specific software provision details will be defined in the future, through Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
The agreement was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and Helmut Heller, project director of IGE.
“IGE is the first technology provider to sign an agreement to provide software to EGI,” says Newhouse. “Building strong business relations with external technology providers is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability we want to offer to our stakeholders and users.”
IGE is a project set up to support and develop the Globus toolkit and strengthen the influence of European developers in the Globus alliance.
“This agreement is a very important first step to support Globus users in Europe,” says Heller. “And we hope the first of many successful steps in the IGE-EGI collaboration,” he adds.
IGE was the first technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but it won’t be alone for long. EGI is set to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.