Larry Ellison: Grid Computing is inevitable
It seems like the evolution of computing is bending
backwardsway back to 1964. At that time single, mammoth computers were
shared by multiple users, under a time-sharing and time-slicing arrangement.
Larry Ellison, Chairman and CEO of Oracle used this example to launch Oracle's
grid computing initiative.
"The industry has been on a quest to build bigger
and bigger mainframes for the last 40 years. We've been chasing the same dream
of building the fastest computer in the world," he explained. "After
40 years, now there's an alternative to the one, big server approach. It's enterprise
Ellison expounded on the 'one, big server approach'
and the issues that have plagued it: limited capacity, high cost, and limited
reliability. When the one server goes down, the application also goes down.
The answer, he advocated, is moving to grid computing,
a new architecture that connects low-cost computers, storage and networks together
to act as one computer, but at a fraction of the cost and with ultimate reliability
there is no single point of failure.
While grid computing has been used in scientific research,
it has never been applied to business software, which is Oracle's focus as it
rolls out its Oracle 10g Grid Computing software on September 9, 2003.
Its capacity on demand. Plug another server
into the grid and the application runs faster and more reliably, said