Grid computing not catching on

By Derek Sooman on May 31, 2006, 2:02 PM
Grid computing - where a cluster of servers are created that pool their resources and act as a single computer (to save money and increase data sharing) - seems to be having a hard time gaining a foothold in the greater IT world, since a survey by technology integration company Morse has found that only eight per cent of UK organisations have adopted or are planning to adopt the technology. Mainly, opponents voiced concerns such as cost, complexity and security as the main reasons for not getting into Grid.

The survey found that, of 100 IT managers asked, 88 per cent said their board of directors didn't feel that Grid computing was worth putting time and energy into. Only eight per cent said they had already rolled out or planned to adopt grid computing. The exact reason for this may be that we lack a true definition of the technology in the first place.

"The main thing holding grid computing back from mainstream adoption is the lack of a clear definition of what this technology actually is," said Peter Critchley, strategy director at Morse.

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