Why Grid Computing Makes Economic Sense – Especially These Days

With IT – just like other corporate departments – under the gun from senior management to centralize and reap economies of scale, distributed systems seem the dream answer to cost-cutting directives from above. To be sum it all up, distributed systems offer an attractive solution – centralized control along with dispersed physical assets and overhead.

In a recent article I read, the author put it just right: “The relentlessly increasing cost and complexity of maintaining IT departments and infrastructure makes on-tap computing power very attractive to modern enterprises.”

But beyond this simple cost-efficiency based explanation of the benefits of cloud computing for businesses, here are five reasons to make the switch:

Scalability: PaaS is the end goal of businesses moving to the cloud. It’s the idea that a platform – hosting SaaS apps, can itself be run as a service. Consumers already use the cloud in a SaaS environment. SaaS applications running on a PaaS are easy to deploy, just the opposite of the complex and difficult environment at most companies today – where companies exhaust resources and manpower deploying, maintaining, and upgrading software systems “using skills way outside their businesses’ core function of interest simply because the resulting application is indispensable,” says the story. How true! Over a grid, the power of existing systems can be scaled exponentially, maintained seamlessly, upgraded transparently, and redeployed at will.

Speed: Grid-powered PaaS and their apps can help increase productivity and a business’s competitiveness with fast deployment of new systems or the speedy ramping up existing ones. In addition, users can tap SaaS apps the run on grid-based PaaSs from anywhere globally…fast and without any special training.

Deployment: Developers can pare weeks off integration and configuration time with hosting environments for their cloud platforms. On-demand network computing power and storage capability means that companies don’t have to invest the bank and everything under the mattress in static hardware.

Cost: As I said above, this is one of the biggest advantages for companies making the move to the cloud. Why? “Grids pull across projects to provide more predictability at less cost with fewer software licenses, ” says the story. On top of that, PaaS, combined with SaaS, allows businesses to pay only for the resources they actually use. And don’t’ forget about the savings from not investing in expensive hardware!

PaaS, distributed computing infrastructure and virtualization are working together to create powerful and fast networks. It’s the imaginative and powerful apps, managed services, such as network, server and transaction monitoring, and end-user apps that will complete the picture to bring about a true cloud revolution.