I don't clearly catch the difference betwenn these two concept. Someone told me that the essential différence is that the cloud computing give you a large space of storage and the grig give more advantages than storage, we can profit to much power with this last.


Does any one know more clearly these two concept; and tell us?

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I don't claim to be the expert, but the difference is (I think) in use.


Grid represents a scalable framework.  You write your algorithm and your code and use as much computing power as you wallet can afford.  (Useful as some work can be highly parallelizable) .


Cloud computing offers storage (true) but it's also represents the applications as well.  Ideally with cloud computing, you don't need to have certain applications on your desktop - as long as you can hit the cloud, you can get, update, and use your data.  

Thanks thomas;

What  I got :


Grid - much computing power and can be highly parallelizable


Cloud - Storage and dont need to have  certain applications on your desktop ( that's just like server application?)


Someone can tell us more?

I think if you look at the history, you will understand some difference.

In my own experience, the grid began with Oracle using it as a type of metadatabase, which would point to multiple databases residing on different but uniform hardware systems.  So if a company had multiple unix boxes and needed to increase the size of their database, instead of purchasing additional hardware they could implement the grid database and combine their multiple unix servers into one database resource.


Cloud is much more in terms of it offering not only a database, but also an entire server including the operating system.

The cloud exposes an operating system, whereas a grid exposes a database.


But I am no buzz word expert so I might be wrong.

I just talked to a buddy about this, essentially the Oracle Grid product is differant because it runs the DB in memory. So access times are a lot quicker. I don't think it is really a matter of Vs. so much as Grid computing is a way to handle db transactions in a faster way.


He said their grid servers had something like 72gbs of ram. Freaking crazy

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