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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Grid computing is overhyped

Informationweek reports that Grid computing is overhyped. That will come as a surprise, no doubt, to Sun, Hewlett-Packard and other heavy metal makers that are selling technology by the truckloads to grid centers all over. The early votes also fly in the face of continued predictions by IDC and other industry prognosticators that grid computing is looming large. The most recent IDC report, issued just two weeks ago, asserts that grid computing adoption in western Europe, although still nascent, will approach $1.8 billion in server revenue by 2008 across high-performance computing technical markets and commercial applications.
The lag time between efficacy on the university level and usefulness on the commercial side are substantial. And while thousands of researchers around the globe are already enjoying the benefits of grid computing, their numbers are relatively puny when compared with the imagined universe of corporate grid users.
That may not change any time soon. Despite its sanguine projections for the grid market, IDC does flag several potential impediments to rapid commercial grid computing deployment. They include, and we quote:
-- cultural and organizational concerns associated with resource sharing — e.g., the comfort factor associated with virtualized resources for business units.
-- general lack of commercial applications running in a grid environment.
-- general lack of tools and industry standards leading organizations to think of grids as requiring large people and services costs, which lessen any infrastructure cost savings.
-- security concerns.

For these reasons, grid computing remains an exciting and important development in academic and scientific circles, but that the commercial application on any grand scale is still a distant reality.
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