Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Grid Computing

Do you people think you are using the IT resources optimisely??
Have you ever saw the CPU usage in Task Manager(Press ALT+CTRL+DEL) of your computer?
You will be using utmost 10% only ,what about the remaining 90%??
Can't we make use of the remaining??
The answer is BIG YES.Yes we can make use of the remaining, the technology that makes possible is GRID COMPUTING.

What is Grid Computing??
Grid Computing is the one that makes possible to share disparate, loosely coupled IT resources across organizations and geographies. IT resources are freed from their physical boundaries and offered as services. They can potentially include almost any IT component -- computer cycles, storage spaces, databases, applications, files, sensors or scientific instruments.
In grid computing, resources can be dynamically provisioned to users or applications that need them. Resources can be shared within a workgroup, department or enterprise; among different organizations and geographies; and even with groups outside the enterprise in collaborative projects. Grids can be designed to support various business processes.

Why Grid??
With grid computing, your far-flung and disparate IT resources can act as a single “virtual datacenter.” Grid computing virtualizes heterogeneous IT resources so they are available when and where you need them. Grid allows you to provision applications and allocate capacity among business groups that are geographically and organizationally dispersed. You can:

* Enable secure, real-time collaboration among global teams,including partners and suppliers outside your company
* Rapidly deploy resources for new initiatives
* Accelerate new product development, improving time to market
* Reduce IT costs and improve return on investment
* More easily handle peaks and troughs in demand by provisioning resources where needed.

Technology benefits
Infrastructure optimization:
· consolidate workload management
· provide capacity for high-demand applications
· reduce cycle times
Increase access to data and collaboration:
· federate data and distribute it globally
· support large multi-disciplinary collaboration
· enable collaboration across organizations and among businesses
Resilient, highly available infrastructure:
· balance workloads
· foster business community
· enable recovery and failure

What industries are using grid computing now?
Some examples include: Automotive and aerospace, for collaborative design and data-intensive testing; financial services, for running long, complex scenarios and arriving at more accurate decisions; life sciences, for analyzing and decoding strings of biological and chemical information; government, for enabling seamless collaboration and agility in both civil and military departments and agencies; higher education for enabling advanced, data and compute intensive research.

Bringing grid to the enterprise
Grid technologies have long been used for scientific and technical work, where dispersed computers are linked to create virtual supercomputers that rapidly process vast amounts of information. Now, with the success of e-commerce and the Internet, the commercial enterprise is moving to an IT model based on Web services, in which software can be offered and consumed as services -- a service-oriented architecture.

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