February 05, 2007
A new report by The 451 Group provides a 'state of the market' look at enterprise grid computing, and the evolution of grid computing and deployment dynamics across different vertical industries, including financial services, telecom, pharmaceutical, digital media and manufacturing. The 451 Group has now interviewed more than 200 commercial early adopters of grids, and this new report analyzes what these early adopters are doing and where they are going with the technology. These findings appear in a report released today by The 451 Group, a New York-based technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation.
"Over the course of 2006, there was an exodus from the term 'grid' among the IT vendor and investor communities compared with the previous four years of accelerated use. Vendors and investors seek other names for their company and products, while enterprise IT early-adopters continue to create grid computing-related job titles and responsibilities," said William Fellows, Principal Analyst and one of the lead authors of this report. "Grid is a means to an end. As virtualization and other techniques enable grid computing to become absorbed into the fabric of next generation distributed computing, vendors are seeking out its next point of touchdown while users are baking it into their enterprise computing strategies."
451 analysts found that investment banks see the compute grid issues as largely 'solved' and the challenge as moving beyond this. By contrast, the pharmaceutical industry considers many of the challenges of compute grids to be as intractable as ever, particularly software licensing. A very different view comes from the oil and gas industry, where, although grids have been around for a long time, there is a growing interest in using them to solve more than just seismic processing and reservoir modeling challenges.
"What is common across all vertical industries is that, if 'grid' is not the right term for their distributed computing initiatives, there is no consensus for a more appropriate term. This report examines the different issues and deployment stages of the various vertical markets," said Fellows.
This report, 'Grid Computing -- the state of the market,' is the fourteenth report in the 451 Grid Adoption Research Service (GARS) -- an investigation into user experiences and vendor strategies. The 63-page report was written by William Fellows, Principal Analyst; Steve Wallage, Director of Research and Jim Davis, Senior Analyst, Networks & Media.
Some additional findings discussed in this report include:
The report includes in-depth user case studies, including the following early-adopter companies: Alcatel, Amazon, Audi, Citigroup, eBay, France Telecom, Hartford Life, JPMorgan Chase, MediaGrid, Media Temple, PRISM, Société Générale, Statoil, an unnamed mutual fund and UPS. Additional companies also discussed in the report include: Bank of America, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Source: The 451 Group
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