IT Utility Pipeline: How do you see grid computing leveraging the vision of the Web?
Feldman: If you go back to the roots of the Internet, sharing applications was what they were doing. Web services and grid services today are doing the same thing. In terms of grid, we are at build-out time. We're getting the standards to perform well and work well. And we're working on security issues. This is the hard engineering time. And it is not a question of whether it will happen but how fast it will get there.
At IBM we have a volunteer internal grid. There are 350 servers that are not permanently assigned and can be used for a grid. The interfaces are standard and because they are inside the company we don't have to worry about security. We're seeing other companies do the same thing and use a grid internally for distribution sharing and management of services.
Web services are another important aspect here. Web services are getting things done for companies and individuals so there isn't a need for a lot of intervention. We're talking a lot about this at the conference -- the semantic Web. The ability to have the right tags on data so when you do a search you are getting the correct information back. One-fourth or more of tags relate to semantics. This is a very important change.