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Grid Computing -- Is it a Green Strategy

Grid computing...second generation of IT?

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Grid Computing - Second Age of IT

At the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers had to rely on in-house power sources to supply themselves with the vast quantities of power needed to run their factories (e.g., wind mills, water wheels, etc.). This model was inherently inefficient, forcing companies to spend a good portion of their budgets on labor and maintenance to keep their power sources humming. Carr pointed out that today's IT model suffers, more or less, from the same symptoms. Manufacturers found a solution in the utility model of electricity. All of a sudden, they were able to plug into a grid and access the power they needed on-demand and at a much lower cost.

This allusion led the introduction of Carr's first principle of any business model: "The supply of any business resource will gravitate toward its most economically efficient model." The question he then put to his audience was whether or not current business models were the most efficient for IT supply. Obviously, he believes they are not.

In what Carr labeled the "Second Age" of IT, the current age, businesses rely on what compares easily to what early manufacturers had to rely on for their in-house power sources: the water wheel compared to client-servers. The PC, while extremely personable, also is very inefficient by nature.

Utility Computing Tears Down the Water Wheel
By JT Litchfield, Conference Manager and Editor, Xtalks

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