Growth in Grid Computing Mirrors Boom in Business Intelligence

BI adoption helping to fuel increased use of new computing model

BI adoption helping to fuel increased use of new computing model

Santa Cruz, CA  July 15, 2004  Grid computing use is on the rise, with growth in this computing model mirroring the increased use of business intelligence solutions, according to survey findings from Evans Data's new Database Development Survey Summer 2004.

Grid computing describes a network architecture in which computing resources and storage are identified and exploited by the network on an as-needed basis, helping to optimally use a company's computer resources and also allowing for large computational problems to be addressed without investments in high-power computers.

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For more information regarding the use of grid computing and other computing models in the supply chain, see the article "Cutting Through the 'On Demand' Hype," the Net Best Thing column in the December/January 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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Evans Data, which provides IT industry market intelligence based on surveys of the global developer population, reported that grid computing use has risen by more than 75 percent in the past six months, and 37 percent of database developers are implementing or planning to implement a grid computing architecture

"While we're still in the infancy of grid computing, the technology looks very promising for database sites struggling with capacity issues," said Joe McKendrick, Evans' database analyst. "We just can't keep throwing more hardware at the problem. Data warehouses, for example, will only keep getting bigger. Companies can't afford to keep upgrading their systems and hardware to support these massive repository and associated tools. Grid computing offers an intelligent way for companies to better redeploy IT systems existing within their enterprises."

In related data, 34 percent of companies are focusing their database development work on business intelligence platforms, including OLAP, data mining and real-time analytics, an increase of nearly 30 percent in the past year. One out of three database developers planning to use grid technology indicated that business intelligence software is the expected target for the new computing architecture.

The study also found that the recent increase in IT budgets means more database developers and managers are concentrating on business intelligence software. Other findings from the summer 2004 survey of more than 500 Database developers and mangers:

  • 93 percent of organizations are now providing real-time access to analytic data, an increase of 10 percent from six months ago.

  • 44 percent of database developers are currently migrating or will migrate to a 64-bit database within the next year, an increase of more than 60 percent in six months time.

  • Mobile database development project starts have bounced back to 32 percent, up 60 percent from the low during the IT slowdown.