There has been much coverage in the press recently over two architectural approaches to technology: grid computing, where hardware assets are virtualised so that applications can share resources, and service oriented architectures (SOAs), where discrete items of functionality are created that are brought together on the fly to meet the business' process needs.
Business Grid Computing - The Evolution of the Infrastructure
Grid computing is a new approach to providing a virtualised infrastructure enabling businesses to maximise flexibility and system response while minimising asset costs. According to research carried out by Quocirca, 52% of large European companies have little to no knowledge of the loading of their existing infrastructure assets, while half of the assets in those companies that do have knowledge of the loadings are heavily under utilised.
This report, while focusing on the business impact of Grid computing, looks at what constitutes a Grid, how Grids work and interoperate at a conceptual level, and where Grid computing offers “quick win” gains. The report also looks at the issues involved with implementing and managing a Grid architecture, and looks at some of the existing perceptions of Grid computing identified through primary research.