The coming power of the grid

Whittle, Sally
February 2004
IT Training;Feb2004, p34
Trade Publication
Charles Schwab has built its stockbroking business on providing customers with timely information about share prices and markets. The firm uses high-end databases and web servers running on Linux software to ensure that information is presented quickly and reliably. The idea of grid computing is fairly simple. Most companies have IT resources that are stretched to breaking point and others that are barely used. A grid is a virtual network that links together these resources so companies can apportion the load of demanding jobs, like providing real-time stock information. The most widely used software for building and running grids is an open-source toolkit called Globus. INSETS: Case study;Further information;Grid computing explained.


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