Practical Utility Computing

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-03-08 Print this article Print

You talk about utility computing, and we think of grid technologies. How do you see grids fitting into utility computing, and what do you think of Oracle Corp.s approach to grid computing with its 10g technology?

Oracles probably been the most confused vendor of all about what grid computing is. Typically grid is that high-end scientific computing area, much less than what utility computing is, which is a much more practical approach to running business computing.

Theres nothing wrong with [Oracles strategy] if youre 100 percent on Oracle. So if all the data youre running for a given application is in the Oracle database, and theres no data in DB2, no data in SQL Server, no data in the file system and your entire environment is dedicated to Oracle and you use [Oracle] Application Server and applications are loaded in their database…Ive just described that portion of Oracles customer base that represents less than 1 percent of [all its customers]. I know [Oracle CEO] Larry [Ellison] has been aggressive about saying, "With 10g you dont need Veritas anymore," and its wonderful that he has no idea what we actually do.
What is your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge for us is to manage the unpredictable nature of industry consolidation. Given that at a lot of companies theres a big financial discontinuity between a lot of these players. The more heterogeneous [a companys IT shop], the more vendors [represented in a companys IT shop], the more I like it. With that said, I dont think that whats happening in the customer base today [with users saying], "Im going from hundreds [of vendors] to 20" is bad. We dont want [just] one—and as long as there are three or four vendors in one category, were fine.


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