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Big Data on Grids or on Clouds? 

 Contributed by Wolfgang Gentzsch:

Now that we have a new computing paradigm, Cloud Computing, how can Clouds help our data? Replace our internal data vaults as we hoped Grids would? Are Grids dead now that we have Clouds? Despite all the promising developments in the Grid and Cloud computing space, and the avalanche of publications and talks on this subject, many people still seem to be confused about internal data and compute resources, versus Grids versus Clouds, and they are hesitant to take the next step. I think there are a number of issues driving this uncertainty.

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Reader Comments (2)

I like that he touched on security. Most people seem focused on the buzzword and trying to get a free lunch by using someone else's hardware. For instance the number of small businesses that didn't bother to setup their own collaboration server and were using Google Docs instead. When the Google system went down for a day I think it was it was like watching a LiveJournal outage, just with people who tend to dress nicer.

But it never seems to occur to most people that if you choose to use someone else's services you are now implicitly trusting them with everything (retention, privacy, etc). So if you have customers and they have trusted you with potentially very private data, how can you in good faith put the data out somewhere on disposable hardware that you don't control? Sure it's potentially cheaper, but if you don't encrypt everything (storage, transmission, maybe ram,etc) then it's still a risk.

Another example, if you read through the Google TOS and Privacy docs for a while you'll see that just like the systems at my work, if you "delete" an email it never really goes away and they reserve the right to do anything they want to your "content" because it's in their "service". Yet people jump to put a lot of very private data into their systems.


November 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterJon Stephens

Firstly cluster came to play , then clusters formed the (perpendicularly related in design) grids where optimizations have been performed well,.
Clouds are improved most by Google , what now?
I think clouds and grids are being used for different purposes.
I mean they are sharing different pieces of the market , so nothing looks bizarre from my view of point.
Best Regards.

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilal

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