Customers using Base One's distributed grid and cluster computing software have realized the following benefits:
Lower cost of development and operations
Base One software makes use of existing
Windows programming skills; it does not require specialized or
dedicated hardware, and uses the organization's existing database technology.
Solutions can be implemented by in-house, Windows experienced staff,
without the need for extensive consulting support, and without
major, up-front investments in new equipment or costly upgrades.
Staffing requirements to operate and maintain these applications has
in some cases been reduced by as much as 85%.
Faster implementation and deployment
Customers can quickly prototype a distributed solution by
using the Base One Foundation Component Library
(BFC), which includes a large selection of programming tools and sample
templates. The software is easy to install and it comes with self-paced tutorials, plus over 2,000 pages of
documentation and extensive on-line help.
Because BFC is a logical extension of Microsoft's
premier developer toolset, the learning curve is short, and
programmer productivity is maximized.
Base One's Rich Client
technology also speeds development and deployment by allowing application logic, data and graphics to reside
either locally or remotely without changing code. An application can be developed on a single user desktop, and then deployed to run on single desktop, or on a LAN, WAN, or web service connected
to multiple desktops and/or servers. Rich Client applications can utilize Windows, iSeries or OS/390 databases.
Rapid payback on
initial investment (ROI)
By cutting costs and speeding the development
process, a Base One distributed solution can quickly pay for itself.
Estimated savings in the cost of development, using BFC instead of
another framework, run as high as 75%. As a result, customers have
experienced payback periods measured in months, not years.
Over the course of
hours of applications development,
Base One created and
refined its components for constructing screens, security and
administration, graphics and reporting, batch processing, and
numerous general purpose utilities, all
with the same attention to rigorous error-handling
and consistent reliability. Customers have used Base One components
to build full-featured applications, including data security and recovery procedures
that augment the native capabilities of their database and operating
system environment. These facilities have
been employed successfully in some of the world's largest companies,
in applications dealing with billions of dollars, and millions of
records, often containing highly sensitive information.
performance and capacity
Using Base One's Batch
Job Server, Internet Server (BIS), and the BFC
toolkit to more fully exploit
under-utilized processing power and local disk storage, customers
report order-of-magnitude speedups in some applications.
One's symmetrical architecture also lends itself well
to scalability: applications can grow incrementally, without major
disruption or suffering from diminishing returns. As new processors (desktop or server) are added, virtually 100% of their capacity can be made available to run
distributed applications. The architecture does not employ a "master/slave" approach, nor does it require dedicated hardware. By not having a
central controlling program (i.e. a "master"), additional workloads can be added
easily, and totally different applications can be supported simultaneously. The result is that
a massive grid of processing power can be efficiently administered
across a dynamic mix of large applications, or focused on a single
Base One grid