"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
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