May 11, 2004 By Blake Harris
Enterprise grid computing is capable of delivering a number of benefits, including resource sharing, incremental scaling and reduction in information technology (IT) requirements. A combination of complementary products, rather than a single offering, is necessary for grid computing. For example, Oracle Database 10g enables clusters of machines to operate as a single entity, while blade servers and storage area networks provide a crucial piece of a grid environment. Through its involvement with the EGA, Oracle will help develop interoperable systems, bringing together the many pieces of the enterprise grid computing puzzle.
The EGA is an open, independent and vendor-neutral community addressing the near-term requirements for deploying commercial applications in a grid environment. Initial focus areas include reference models, provisioning, security and accounting. The alliance will address obstacles that organizations face in using enterprise grids through open, interoperable solutions and best practices. By focusing exclusively on the needs of enterprise users, the EGA will enable businesses to realize the many benefits of grid computing such as faster response to changing business needs, better utilization and service-level performance and lower IT operating costs.
"Although grid computing is already well established in the academic, research and technical sectors, it has yet to gain significant traction throughout the enterprise," said Donald Deutsch, president of the Enterprise Grid Alliance and vice president of standards strategy and architecture at Oracle Corp. "In close coordination, the members of the EGA will create open, interoperable enterprise grid computing solutions and increase the adoption of enterprise grid computing."
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