UK businesses have been slow to invest in grid technology, according to research sponsored by software giant Oracle.
They risk being outperformed by rivals in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, Oracle claimed.
The benefits of grid computing include making it easier for firms to build powerful computer platforms, by linking together servers whose processing power is accessible across enterprises.
Oracle’s latest Grid Index research, completed by analyst QuoCirca, shows the UK has increased its overall Grid Index performance from 3.1 last September to 4.3 (on a scale of 0 to 10).
This overall level is in line with most European and North American markets. However, Oracle says the UK has fallen behind other countries when it comes to the grid standardisation and consolidation research indices, the foundations of successful grid computing, said Oracle.
The UK’s grid knowledge level increased from 3.1 to 5.8, but in comparison, the UK’s grid commitment level only increased from 1.9 to 2.7.
The Nordic countries topped Europe in the ratings, and ranked second worldwide in the grid index, scoring 5.1 overall, behind global leaders South East Asia on 5.2.
Australia/New Zealand scored 4.8, China 4.7 and the US and Germany each scored 4.6. India scored the lowest with 2.9.
The results were based on 1,356 interviews with senior IT staff across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Half the respondents were at companies employing over 10,000, with the rest employing over 1,000 or having revenue over £70m.
Early adopters of Oracle grid computing include Comic Relief, EA Games and atomic research agency CERN.