Will The Cloud Replace Grid Computing Forever?
Editor’s note: With all the conveniences and economies of Cloud computing, are other systems like Grid Computing left forever standing in its shadow? Or will they have another day to shine? Something to think about, and apparently John Sz has been giving this some very good thought.
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John Sz, IT writer and professional.
Cloud computing provides companies with near unlimited scalability and eliminates the costs associated with purchasing physical hardware and software.
Consumers take advantage of a pay-per-use system and only have to pay for the IT resources they utilise.
The core concept of cloud computing is that the client can disassociate themself from how the servers are maintained and subsequently pay lower costs to utilise the IT resources provided by the server.
Grid computing extracts unused resources from a number of computers by linking them together to form one large infrastructure.
To make a prediction on whether or not the cloud will replace grid computing is difficult, but by analysing the similarities, differences and the pros and cons of each solution we can make a fairly accurate judgement on what the future holds.
By utilising a cloud computing solution, companies no longer have to invest in an IT infrastructure or purchase software outright.
Cloud computing is a step ahead of grid computing as it allows resources to be individually distributed.
Unlike grid computing, the client can access the server remotely from any location and without any knowledge of where the server is located.
Recently, researchers working on the Higgs Boson utilised a grid computing infrastructure to make a break through.
While the computing power generated from grid computing allowed the researchers to continue their work, the difficulty they faced in planning for the exact amount of computer resources they required has led the research team to consider integrating cloud computing services into their IT infrastructure.
This is a prime example of how the computing power generated by grid computing doesn’t necessarily provide an efficient solution since you cannot provision particular resources.
Grid computing is not necessarily in the cloud, as it depends on what kind of users are using the server.
The enormous amount of computing power generated by grid computing allows researchers to solve problems that couldn’t otherwise be approached without the power generated by grid computing.
Grid computing also utilises computing power in a more cost effective manner than cloud computing.
While this may be considered as a downside by some, grid computing’s ability to harness resources and power from linked computers and apply that to a single objective is highly useful for industrial use.
A common concern with grid computing is that since it uses software to divide and form one large system image to distribute to a large amount of computers if one component of that software fails, the other components may fail with it.
Advantages of Cloud Computing
Since no physical hardware is required, there are lower costs in utilising computing resources.
Also, since you do not have to maintain your own servers, there are no added costs of hiring IT Staff.
Simple to use
There is no doubt that one of the biggest incentives of using a cloud based solution is its ease of use.
There is minimal maintenance required and applications can be opened up in a very short amount of time.
Advantages of Grid Computing
Grid computing can generated a huge amount of computing power which is used by businesses to solve complicated problems.
Grid computing maximises all the available resources to an unmatchable level.
There aren’t really any main differences between cloud computing and grid computing, however it seems inevitable that cloud computing will eventually replace grid computing.
While the amount of computing power generated by grid computing allows businesses to approach complicated problems without hesitation, the ability of cloud computing to provide on-demand resource provisioning simply cannot be overlooked.
Either way, both forms of computing aim to maximise the use of resources and divide them into separate areas.
To determine which type of computing you need, it is essential that you analyse your business requirements BEFORE making a decision as it will allow you to select a suitable form of computing.
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