SOURCE: Themis Computer

January 18, 2007 09:15 ET

Themis Announces Quorum Automated Management Software Selected by Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems

Software Tailored for Real-Time Automated Management of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) Selected for Use in the U.S. Air Force Battle Management Command and Control Systems

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Themis Computer announced Quorum™, its distributed computing resource management software for mission-critical applications, was selected for use in Northrop Grumman's Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) subsystem proposal. Northrop Grumman's BMC2 effort is being led by the company's Integrated Systems sector. The BMC2 team includes four other Northrop Grumman sectors (Electronic Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems and Space Technology), plus Harris Corp., General Dynamics, Cisco Systems, Oracle Corp., Zel Technologies, Alphatech, L-3 Communication Systems West, L-3 ComCept and CollaborX.

Themis' Quorum is a distributed computing resource management system for the automated management of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), applications and hardware resource in real-time, mission-critical distributed systems. Quorum's automated real-time policy engine can detect a problem and implement a solution, in as little as 50 milliseconds. Quorum's responsiveness gives users a high availability alternative to costly fault tolerant systems, making it one of the most cost effective solutions on the market. Quorum performs automated closed loop management of Application QoS (AQoS) and allocation of resources for real-time systems. When appropriate, Quorum can implement actions that automatically correct problems, based on administrative policies that may themselves be dynamic.

The BMC2 subsystem comprises a large computing architecture including systems that store, manipulate and exploit data received from multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets in the Air Force's planned Command and Control Constellation.

The BMC2 subsystem collects and integrates the incoming sensor data into decision-quality information for Air Force commanders, helping to create a coherent "picture" of a dynamic, three-dimensional battlespace. Commanders will use this knowledge to manage the positioning of ISR and strike platforms in the theater; identify, track and target incoming cruise missiles; and define and execute strikes against ground moving targets.

"Our Quorum real-time resource management system was designed for the demands of mission-critical computing in military environments. When we first started the development of our Slice™ scalable computing initiative, it was painfully clear that there were no real-time computing resource managers that could automatically manage quality of service for legacy applications," stated William E. Kehret, President of Themis Computer. "Northrop Grumman selected Quorum because it is an open architecture, real-time, policy-based solution that satisfies the program requirements. It is very gratifying to see our Quorum resource manager selected for this program and to be joining a team that is designing next generation systems, to meet the challenges of tomorrow's battlespace," Mr. Kehret added.

Quorum enables users to implement a cost effective, scalable, heterogeneous environment, with a single management interface, and do so across operating systems, for the application management of mission-critical systems. Because Quorum implements policy-based management of Application Quality of Service (AQoS,) an enterprise will be able to set Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and be assured that they will be globally administered and that the system will automatically take corrective actions to ensure performance at the agreed level of service.

Quorum supports Linux®, Microsoft® Windows® and Sun® Solaris™ for scalable, heterogeneous systems.

Software Architecture

An automated, policy-based system for the closed-loop management of real-time systems, Quorum supports a Manager-of-Managers architecture that allows a distributed system to be hierarchically associated with a higher-level manager. In this way, a distributed system can be viewed as a single entity and can be integrated as a Quorum managed asset, within a larger hierarchical system.

Quorum is a standards-based system built on top of the "Common Information Model / Web Based Enterprise Management" (CIM/WBEM), a Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) standard that uses XML to encode CIM objects and transport them via standard http(s) protocols. Quorum is also fully compatible with SNMP devices and is extensible to new devices via either SNMP or CIM/WBEM.

Themis' Quorum system is available in two versions: the high availability module called Quorum AM and the Quality of Service module called Quorum FM. Once installed, the product features are activated by license keys for each module, allowing for simple field upgrades.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

About Themis Computer

Themis is a leading provider of hardware and software solutions for mission-critical applications in aerospace, data/telecom, military, and commercial markets. Themis provides open standards-based computing platforms that support Sun® Solaris™, Linux®, and Microsoft® Windows® operating environments. Themis' products incorporate features designed to ensure high reliability and availability while reducing the risks of failure caused by extreme environments. An ISO 9001 certified company, Themis Computer practices Total Quality Management (TQM) in all areas of its business, from engineering and manufacturing to customer service. Themis Computer is headquartered in Fremont, California and offers worldwide service and support. For more information please visit or email:

Themis, the Themis logo, Slice and Quorum are trademarks or registered trademarks of Themis Computer. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies.

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