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India leading the way for Grid Computing

Oracle Open World, Oracle’s global technology and business conference, started with a report on India results in Oracle Grid Index III. The meet saw participation by 1,800 customers and partners. India’s growing importance can be gauged from the fact that it is one of only two countries in the Asia-Pacific region to host the conference in Oracle’s current financial year, June 2005 to May 2006.

According to the report, the Oracle Grid Index for business across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific is 5.2 on a scale of zero to 10.

The grid index maps the world’s journey to grid computing based on three underlying indices: Foundation Readiness, Knowledge & Interest and Adoption Lifecycle. India’s Oracle Grid Index moved from 2.9 to 4.4, registering the fastest Grid Index growth (52 percent) worldwide. The research by Quocirca, an independent research organisation, based on 1,466 interviews with senior IT influencers and decision-makers, was completed by September 2005.

India’s growth has been uniform in all the indices with India’s grid computing adoption higher than the APAC average. The adoption level of APAC is 2.0 whereas India’s is 2.6. “The reason for this is India’s acceleration through the learning curve. And the realisation among the organisations about the importance of grid computing and the interest generated is getting converted to the adoption,” says Sundar Ram, Senior Director, Technology Sales, Oracle Asia-Pacific.

India leads Asia-Pacific in key underlying technologies

Service Oriented Architecture. The number of organisations currently using or considering the adoption of SOA has risen by 18.4 percent in North America, 17 percent in Europe and 43.6 percent in Asia Pacific. India leads the Asia Pacific region in SOA deployment with almost 50 percent active or planned deployment within the next 12 months.

Blade Servers. The number of organisations currently using or considering the adoption of blade servers has shot dramatically. It has grown by 91 percent in North America, 68.7 percent in Europe and 207.9 percent in Asia-Pacific. Again, India leads the Asia-Pacific region in usage of blade server technology with almost 40 percent of organisations with active or planned deployment.

The report reveals that India leads the world in moving towards a grid IT environment with 60 percent of the organisations polled stating that a grid-based IT infrastructure was inevitable. Moreover, nearly half (48 percent) of organisations polled have embraced or are in the process of embracing grid technology.

According to the research, more than 30 percent of enterprises are using blade servers. “Blade servers are an important component of grid computing. One reason for this is that they reduce barriers for the adoption of grid computing,” says Ram. Besides this, India is leading in the adoption of virtualisation.

Though India leads the world in perceptions of a grid environment, the move towards this is fraught with challenges. Ram believes that the progress towards a competitive IT infrastructure will depend on the involvement of senior business managers in their company’s IT strategy. Currently, as much as 20 percent of business management does not appreciate the need for a sound infrastructure—this is likely to affect the overall capabilities of Indian businesses for the future.

While enterprises may have starting glitches, SMEs would benefit faster. “SMEs have an edge as they do not have legacy systems to work on. Hence, they can build immediately,” says Roger Scott, Vice-president, Technology Consulting, Oracle Asia-Pacific.

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