April 11, 2005
Oracle unveiled the results of its latest Oracle Grid Index research, which measures global adoption of Grid computing
technologies. The overall Oracle Grid Index score for businesses across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific is 4.41, on
a scale of zero to 10.
The new research builds on last year's European pilot by providing a
global snapshot along with European trend information on organizations'
attitudes about, and adoption of, Grid computing. Analysis of
underlying indices and comparison with the overall score of 3.1
unveiled at the European launch in September indicates growing
progress toward global adoption of Grid computing. This year, North
America had the highest score of the three regions (4.50), while Europe
showed considerable advancement (4.39) and Asia Pacific proved to be
well-placed to make rapid progress in adoption of this ground-breaking
technology (4.37). However, the results showed that no one region
enjoys an outstanding lead on the path to Grid computing; indeed, the
findings point to a finely balanced race.
Many Organizations Understand Grid; Fewer Taking Immediate Action
While organizations are increasingly aware of Grid computing and its
benefits, the research, independently conducted by Quocirca, a leader
in Business and IT analysis, suggests that most have yet to act on this
"Visionaries and early adopters of Grid computing are already
enjoying increased efficiencies in their core business systems, such as
ERP, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management
(CRM)," said Oracle president Charles Phillips. "The next stage is for
this technology to enter the mainstream. Oracle's Grid computing
solution leads the industry in terms of its sheer practicality, and we
are working with key partners to make it even more compelling. Oracle's
sights are set on taking Grid computing to the masses."
North America Leads Oracle Grid Index
Of the three regions measured, North America (Canada and United
States) demonstrated the highest overall score on the Oracle Grid
Index. North American companies scored particularly well on knowledge
of Grid computing (6.17) and understanding of Grid computing benefits
(4.86). North America also leads the other regions in Commitment (3.02)
to the adoption of Grid computing technologies.
Other key findings include:
"Grid computing is the natural evolution of IT," said Keith Block,
executive vice president of North America for Oracle. "In most cases, the
technology is already there. Grid computing just takes it to the next
level by establishing consistency, eliminating redundancy and, finally,
automating processes. Consolidation and standardization in the data
center is key -- and Oracle is leading the way. Grid is also effective
at supporting Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory compliance requirements. A
dedicated node can be added to support the increasing reporting and
auditing needs without adversely affecting service levels or adding
Global Knowledge Leaders Changing Perception of Related Technology
Oracle's research also carries useful information about technologies that are closely related to Grid computing, such as Service
Oriented Architecture (SOA) and blade servers. Last September's Oracle Grid Index for Europe showed that organizations that
understand Grid computing tend to be thought leaders who drive their companies toward adoption. Today's research reveals a
community of global knowledge leaders -- about 10 percent of all those surveyed -- who are leading the charge in enabling
their organizations to achieve benefits from Grid computing.
"At Quocirca, we have long seen a strong link between SOA and Grid computing," said Clive Longbottom, research director for Quocirca. "Approaching major business problems in 'bite-sized chunks' is the fastest and most cost-effective way to implement IT systems that flexibly adapt to changing business needs. An SOA approach can deliver this most effectively. Furthermore, this technology enjoys a clear synergy with Grid computing, which marshals bite-sized chunks of computing power into an overall system. Our research, which underpins the latest Oracle Grid Index, confirms that those in the know understand and act upon this principle. These Knowledge Leaders are also moving toward a blade server architecture, gaining economies with the implementation of compute power across deployments of Grid computing systems. Further proof of such benefits comes from the research: two thirds of those organizations that are most committed to Grid computing are able simply to re-tune and re-balance their IT infrastructure to address system overloads. Others currently need to re-engineer, purchase new capacity or simply struggle through."
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