In his final commentary of the year, GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses IBM's Blue Cloud initiative and the reality that we might have jumped the gun in expecting first-generation cloud computing offerings to live up to our grandiose visions of scale.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses this week's news, including a report from The 451 Group citing an eightfold increase in virtualization management vendors from this time last year.
The End of IT as We Know It ... Thanks, Virtualization
Post Date: December 03, 2007 @ 11:26 AM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: The Essence of 'On-Demand'
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris reports from the Gartner Data Center conference, where he had one big takeaway: The greater IT community still isn't entirely on board with the family of technologies this publication holds near and dear, but it will jump on soon enough -- and virtualization will spur it along.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris bemoans his holiday being interrupted by thoughts of cloud computing, and then proceeds to discuss the subject. Acknowledging its potential, Harris questions the decision to put a label on the technology and also discusses a recent conversation with Yahoo in which the term never even arose.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses his day in Reno, Nev., for SC07, which included a CTO roundtable featuring senior IT executives from Wal-Mart, FedEx and Nasdaq, and a session devoted to the topic of grids versus supercomputers. Harris also highlights some of the news you might have missed over a week that included three big conferences.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses how grid computing went from IT darling to yesterday's news back to one of the alternative delivery models that will "completely transform the IT market in the next five years." Now, perhaps, the world really is ready for the on-demand revolution.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris takes a look at the importance of low latency, the quest for which plays a prominent role in several of this week's items. In particular, the financial market has been singled out an area striving for the lowest possible latency levels.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris spoke with IBM's Dennis Quan to get the inside scoop on the newly announced Google-IBM "cloud computing" project that is introducing university students to the skills they will need to succeed in tomorrow's distributed, parallel Web world.
With this week giving us the conclusion of our look at the evolution of utility computing, GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris offers his thoughts on the topic, pointing out that there is a wide range of utility options available, and as they continue to hone their capabilities, management-weary CIOs and IT managers are likely to come looking for them.
With the appointment of a new president, the OGF adds yet another chapter to its legacy. The question, however, is how the new president will be received and how the OGF under his leadership will be able to address the big issues that will help to define the organization's success. GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris gives his thoughts on what might be in store.
Whether you call it grid hosting, utility hosting, or some combination of the two, it's pretty clear that the concept offers some real benefits to users who aren't too interested in dealing with the cost and complexity of managing their resources. GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris addresses whether grid hosting providers will be able to overcome public misconceptions and stiff competition in their mission to win over the mainstream enterprise.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris offers his thoughts on the rapidly heating up world of on-demand computing. From the recent news surrounding virtualization vendors VMware and XenSource to more and more companies applying on-demand and grid technologies solutions to their respective problems, the market is in the midst of some serious action.
What I Learned at NGDC: Technology is Ready, Users are Not
Post Date: August 13, 2007 @ 11:28 AM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: The Essence of 'On-Demand'
If GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris took one thing away from last week's Next Generation Data Center conference, it is that while a lot of cutting-edge distributed solutions (e.g., grid computing, virtualization, utility computing, etc.) are ready for primetime, users aren't always knocking down the doors to get at them, preferring, instead, to take things one step at a time.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses this week's Next Generation Data Center conference (which is co-located with the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo), focusing on the apparent lack of representation from the greater grid/distributed community -- even in a conference track dedicated to virtualization, grid and HPC.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris shares his thoughts on this week's issue, which features yet another piece espousing the importance of grid computing in the financial services market. And some people still question whether grid technologies are for real ...
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris offers his thoughts on the much-anticipated release of Oracle Database 11g, which the company has claimed is aimed at "growing the grid." However, grid-specific improvements are somewhat difficult to notice, and one Oracle executive even acknowledges a lack of grid support in the new solution.
In this week's column, GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris looks back on some of the most popular features from the first half of 2007, which combine to paint a picture of where the grid world has been and where it appears to be heading.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris offers his insights into the latest grid-related news, which includes two ISVs expanding their partnerships with Sun Microsystems around grid hosting, as well as DataSynapse targeting "mega-grid" management with its new GridServer 5.0 solution.
News Flash: Virtualization Is Big; Financial Users Love HPC
Post Date: June 25, 2007 @ 11:11 AM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: The Essence of 'On-Demand'
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris gives some thoughts on this week's issue, which features a whole lot of virtualization and even more news from the financial services front.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris takes a look at Digipede's impressive growth over the past year, most of which has been in the financial services market, and digs a little deeper into IBM giving Objectivity's distributed database technology the highest level of IBM grid compliance.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris takes a look at the recently announced collaboration by Cassatt and BearingPoint around utility computing, breaking down how their definition clashes with preconceived notions of utility computing, as well as how Cassatt's software fits into the new virtualized, on-demand world of grid computing.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris takes a look at the big news from last week, including a newly announced partnership between GemStone Systems and Rogue Wave software, which Harris equates to NFL teams currently spending their off-seasons adding depth where needed. On the other end of the spectrum, while these two relatively small companies are working together for mutual benefit, IT giant IBM announced yet another market-specific grid offering.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris highlights the big news from this week's issue and offers his thoughts on Paul Strong's assertion that grid computing -- once thought only to be useful for HPC applications -- is now the foundation for the distributed platforms and services that make Web 2.0 possible.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris gives his thoughts on this week's issue, which include some insight into how Platform's (and customer Lehman Brothers') vision for grid mirrors what we've been seeing over the past year. Harris also shares Platform CEO Songnian Zhou's thoughts on the upcoming cluster server, which he believes could revolutionize enterprise computing.
Grid computing, virtualization, volunteer computing and utility computing: GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris touches on all of these as he takes you through this week's issue and comments on the distributed computing world, from Cambridge University to PlayStation 3.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris examines this week's issue, which he believes includes solid representation from many of the aspects that make up grid computing, including two feature articles on the oft-ignored microprocessor and an emerging commercial application (by way of insight on how Oracle will play in the extreme transaction processing market), respectively.
GRIDtoday Editor Derrick Harris comments on his time at last week's Java Symposium, where grid was quite popular, and from where Oracle's acquisition of Tangosol was announced. Harris also highlights this week's issue and shares some thoughts on Folding@Home's quest for a petaflop and beyond thanks to Sony's PlayStation 3.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris discusses this week's issue, including this thoughts on the recent updates to the Sun Grid and Network.com. Harris also applauds Jeff Mathers and Johnson & Johnson for being so forthcoming in sharing their grid experiences, and he calls on other users to do their part in the grid ecosystem by sharing their stories.
GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris takes a look at what the future holds, from where enterprise Grid computing is headed (application platforms) to what's on tap for the World Community Grid (climate change) all the way down to what to expect in upcoming issues (exclusive interviews).
Keeping tabs on the trends making IT more agile and more efficient, from automation to virtualization.
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