Oracle has unveiled its strategy for grid computing, based around the next version of its relational database, 10g.
Grid computing, in which companies use under-utilised computer processing power on their network, has been touted as the next big thing for corporate computing.
Oracle senior director for marketing in Emea, Tim Payne, believes the grid computing can allow companies to make better use of their IT. By running Oracle’s 10g software on Intel-powered blade servers, Oracle hopes to attract user to its vision of the grid computing when it releases its 10g database next September.
The benefit of grid computing for users is that they can run multiple applications without modification, rather than having to rely on dedicated computer clusters in the datacentre.
"Customers can create enterprise grids," Payne said.
Industry experts that grid computing can be used outside the data centre. Mike Thompson, principal research analyst at Butler Group, believes the grid will boost web services and computing on demand.
"At the moment we make connections to servers," to run a web service. While this will have the desired effect, in that the user will be able to run a specified web service, he said, "The grid will mean we do not need to know which computer we connect to."
All that will happen is that a user's application will request a web service, and some computer on the grid will respond.
Phil Dawson, programme director for infrastructure services at Meta Group, said that the grid could be used in cities to provide applications with greater resilience, as there would be no single point of failure.
The grid could become the preferred method for users to access the database. But one issue Oracle has yet to resolve he said is licensing. "There is no way the model for licensing today can support on-demand computing."