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Grid Computing and the Future of Cloud Computing

Jan 22, 2010, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer Schiff)

[ Thanks to Paul Shread for this link. ]

"Yet despite the promise of grid computing and the efforts of major vendors such as Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA), IBM (NYSE: IBM) and HP (NYSE: HPQ), grid computing failed to catch on in mainstream enterprises, remaining mainly the province of governmental and scientific institutions with data-intensive storage and computing needs and few users. Enterprise uses have been more along the lines of R&D and data-intensive financial simulations instead of the mainstream data centers the technology's proponents had hoped to win over.

"Now enterprises are embracing a similar technology: Cloud computing and services such as Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Simple Storage Service (S3), which provide companies with scalable, high-speed data storage and services at an attractive price.

"Can cloud computing succeed where grid failed and find widespread acceptance in enterprise data centers? And is there still room for grid computing in the brave new world of cloud computing? We asked some grid computing pioneers for their views on the issue."

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