Grid Benefits to Date

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-17 Print this article Print

Are customers seeing any benefits from grid yet? Customers are definitely seeing the benefits now. I dont have numbers off the top of my head, but Electronic Arts did an independent ROI study. They found theyre saving something like 40 percent in terms of using the Linux-Intel space. They run an online game called Sims Online. Theyre supporting thousands upon thousands of simultaneous users acting online. Something like 30,000 SQL operations per minute theyre supporting. Were seeing hard numbers in terms of specifics, in terms of customers seeing savings. Its not just the general feeling; theyre publishing [hard facts].
And the savings are coming from where?
Savings are coming from a couple areas. Its stuff that fits into what were doing with grid. If we look at the traditional way of deploying systems, we always had to deploy to handle maximum payload. [With grid, we have the choice of deploying] to handle the maximum size of, say, financial accounting, at quarter- and year-end. Those systems tend to be idle most of the time. What 10g allows us to do, by using small building blocks, like two- or four-processor servers, we have the ability to share our computing resources across multiple applications. Grid allows us to dynamically move compute resources between accounting and Web maintenance, say. Start multiplying that by all your systems, and you have the ability to run with much larger utilization. Next page: The thinking behind Oracles certification strategy.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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