Grid is an environment that makes it possible to share loosely coupled IT resources. With grid, IT components can be linked into one virtual resource to be shared across a global enterprise and provided as a service, on demand.
The cloud is a means by which global class, highly scalable and flexible services can be delivered and consumed over the internet through an as-needed, pay-per-use business model.
Cloud and grid are based on a similar vision of shared IT resources enabling organizations to solve problems otherwise out of reach through traditional technologies and IT delivery models.
Cloud goes beyond grids, enabling a whole new range of applications for enterprises and consumers, deployed dynamically as a service.
Many of the challenges facing cloud are similar to those facing grid, including the need to restructure applications, as well as security and reliability.
The Grid/Cloud Computing program a HP is part of the Catalysts for Innovation initiative. There are three main goals of the program. First, to get hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of selected grid and cloud technologies. The team is currently developing a knowledge base of leading cloud technologies including virtualization and cloud frameworks.
A second goal of the program is to define solutions for target segments.
A third goal of the Program is to create a forum to foster and exchange grid and cloud knowledge and experiences within HP. This is accomplished by inviting 3rd parties and customers who use grid and cloud technologies to give presentations on requirements, existing technologies and solutions. The project is also engaging in collaborations with customers whose capabilities and interests are aligned with the objectives of this project.