There is a viable alternative for skeptics of Cloud technology, especially those who are not very concerned about cost. Grid Computing, for example is another option, but an expensive one.
We’ve all heard of “Cloud technology” in some way or another over the past few years. You don’t have to be a tech guru to know how the Cloud functions nor even realize that you may already be using this advanced technology in some form or other.
Just to be clear as to its meaning, however, the Cloud is defined by Wikipedia in the following manner: :”Cloud computing is the delivery of computing and storage capacity  as a service  to a community of end-recipients.” The name is derived from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol  as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure that it contains in system diagrams . Cloud computing is entrusted with a user’s data, software and computational capability over a network. Its enormous storage capacity allows users easy access to their computer systems at any time. And, Cloud computing provides a low cost solution for many past company network heartaches. Despite these advantages, one must always be mindful and vigilant as to security issues, especially when it comes to such considerations as evolving technology and ownership of data.
There is a viable alternative for skeptics of Cloud technology, especially those who are not very concerned about cost. Grid Computing, for example is another option, but an expensive one.. Wikipedia defines Grid Computing in the following manner: Grids are a form of distributed computing whereby a “super virtual computer” is composed of many networked loosely coupled computers acting together to perform large tasks. For certain applications, “distributed” or “grid” computing, can be seen as a special type of parallel computing that relies on complete computers (with onboard CPUs, storage, power supplies, network interfaces, etc.) connected to a network (private, public or the Internet) by a conventional network interface, such as Ethernet. This is in contrast to the traditional notion of a supercomputer, which has many processors connected by a local high-speed computer bus.
Got all of that and processed it as well? Well, let me tell you that I personally believe that Cloud computing is the preferred alternative for many reasons: Of major importance, is that its costs for maintenance and up keep of equipment are significantly less, as are the need for upgrades of network hardware and network capacity.
Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox.com are just some of the major companies that are offering free space with their cloud technology. Prices differ depending on space requirements. Overall, however, Cloud does seem to be a more attractive option by being able to access your documents anywhere from the internet.
Grid computing does not have a lot of luxuries since it is basically a series of computers and servers that input information into one Mainframe to produce the information you want to access. Tasks are divided into smaller ones and are sent to different servers connected to a main machine, although there are maintenance and security issues that are associated with this approach.
Both Grid and Cloud computing are capable of handling multitasking and multi-tenancy. They both guaranty uptime to as much as 99%.
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