Monday, January 29, 2007

Why companies want grid/clustering technologies?

Why do companies want grid/clustring technologies?

Once again, there is that difference between companies desire to build or deploy a clustering/grid software.

Companies with just a bunch of PC's that do not require massive computing power won't need it. Sure, it will be better if they have it, but the reward for them to use it isn't that much.

On the other hand, companies that do quite a lot of massive calculations (e.g. banks, insurance companies, bio-tech companies, etc.) must've bought those super expensive computers (e.g. a 8 cpu server, mainframes, etc.) because there are times that they need the power of those machines. Not 24 hours a day, but there are times when they seriously need them. What they really want to do is maximize the use of their investments. The opportunity cost lost for their machines to sit idle is just too much. So, they research/develop/deploy/buy grid/clustering software, and even though grid/clustering software is often expensive, its cost will be covered by the opportunity cost gained by having their super machines up and runnig at close to 100% of their capacities.

What if those expensive machines become cheaper? Then, the needs and demands for grid/clustering technologies will have to go down, too.

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