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Users Put Grids on the Grill

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World (SNW) -- A panel of customers and vendors tried to demystify grid computing today at SNW, agreeing that grids are a productive but complicated method of managing storage.

"If you look at two or three technologies well known for conjecture, disagreement, and confusion as far as enterprise adoption, certainly the storage element of grid computing fits that description," said panel moderator, analyst Simon Robinson of The 451 Group. (See Gridding My Teeth and Enterprises Still Not Sold on Grid.)

That point became starkly clear when the panel was asked about the definition and misconceptions associated with grid computing. Most of the panelists had their own versions of both.

"The biggest misconception is worrying about the definition," added J.S. Hurley, head of grid evaluation and implementation at the Boeing Company. "I don't care about that. I need my problem solved."

"The biggest misconception is that it's tied purely to one form of computing," said Paul Strong, distinguished research scientist at eBay. "We view our data center as one grid. Infrastructure and applications run on it, and it's become network-centric. It's a mega-operating system, if you will."

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