Friday, February 1, 2008

IT Opinion: Cloud Computing

IT Opinion: Clouds on the Horizon

There is a new buzz word, cloud computing, and it's very similar in concept to our very own buzz word - grid computing. The concepts are closely related and highly timely. As the world grows and its resources remain more or less static, waste becomes ever more harmful. Servers are designed to work reliably, day in and day out, year by year. But most companies use them heavily in the day, run a few batch jobs and a backup in the PM, and leave a large amount of the resource unused. Wasted power, wasted computing capacity....waste.

By using grid computing an enterprise can use its Asian server farms when it is night in the East and vice versa for the West. This concept is now moving to the next level, cloud computing, in which a large group of enterprises can share the same 'cloud' of computing resources.

IBM just announced opening a cloud computing center in China. I predict that this type of enterprise is going to grow massively in China and India. Cloud computing centers require only reliable communications and good infrasctructure to operate, and both countries are building a formidable computing infrastructure.

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