By Forrester Research
Special to CNET News.com
July 21, 2003, 11:30AM PT
By Galen Schreck, Analyst
The initial hype around "grid computing" has faded, but executives still wonder about its application to their companies. With companies such as IBM and Platform Computing now touting their capabilities, it's time for executives to get realistic about grid computing's potential--and its shortcomings.
Despite broad misunderstandings about its real application, companies and users have both been speculating about the application of grid technologies. To date, most grid applications have been custom-built for very specialized tasks, but executives wonder whether they can apply them more broadly to their computing needs.
What is grid computing?
Can grids really solve enterprise business problems?
Is grid computing the same as "organic" IT?
What are the different types of grids?
What can grids do out of the box?
Are grid products ready for prime-time use?
Which companies lead the grid market?
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