Oracle Touts Grid Computing

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-08-25 Print this article Print

Oracle says it's no stranger to grid technology, as the company prepares to deliver grid extensions to its database and application server platform.

Dont call it a comeback, weve been here for years…so says Oracle Corp. when it comes to grid technology, as the company prepares to deliver grid extensions to its database and application server platform. John Magee, vice president of Oracles application server and tools products, said that when Oracle announces its new database and application server platforms—the Oracle 10G database and Oracle Application Server 10G—at the OracleWorld conference in San Francisco in two weeks, it will be with technology proven over years of research, development and internal use. "With the new release were introducing a whole range of new technologies including grid; the G is for grid," Magee said.
He added: "People are talking about on-demand and utility computing models, and there are a number of proposals to do that. But we think grid offers the best model of how to deliver this on-demand or utility computing model."
While other companies, most prominently IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Corp., have announced grid computing strategies and technologies over the last couple of years, Oracle has been working on a grid solution in its research groups, then using grid technology internally, Magee said. "Weve been working on this technology for many years now, and we have results of real R&D and real software products," he said. Meanwhile, Oracles internal use of grid technology featured "thousands of blades," Magee said. "We see this as part of the whole issue of clustering. Grid is the evolution of the clustering model." For Oracle, the addition of grid is "the beginning of a major shift for us, and were beginning to provide the stuff for a commercial use of grid," Magee said. "You have to create an application thats grid aware." Although the grid-computing model has primarily been used in scientific and academic applications, the challenge is to make the transition to the commercial world. But to date, the work has consisted of a "scavenger model of best-effort levels of service, where whatever capacity you have available you can bring to bear," Magee said. "Were delivering grid capabilities into the application server to make it truly hardware independent," he said. Next page: WebSphere and the grid.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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