In a constantly evolving industry like IT, you will be forgiven when certain terminologies confuse you. In fact, you will have to be constantly updated since some processes are too similar to one another but also very distinct.

A good example is grid computing and cloud computing. For the longest time, people have always confused the two.  Some even explain former when they mean the latter. Here we will try and differentiate between the two and help you understand them.

For starters, both grid computing and cloud computing are used to process tasks. However, grid computing is used in cloud computing but it is not a cloud or part of it.

Grid computing

Grid computing can be defined as the use of several computers, which use a common network, to solve complex issues. It can also be defined as the use of computer resources in different computers in different places to attain a common goal.

The computers may be connected either directly or through scheduling systems. It is important to note that in grid computing, the computers, servers or the computing models are loosely connected and each computer runs an independent task.

Grid computing uses the so called scavenging power, which is also known as idle power, to perform the set tasks. It can run in the background for weeks without interfering with the computers’ other tasks. Grid computing can either be a complex inter-networked system that has multiple computer platform or just simple computers that have the same OS.

Pros of Grid computing

There are several benefits that are associated with grid computing. Below are some of them:

  • Efficient in dealing with the idle energy in computers. Instead of the energy going to waste, it is more efficient to put it into more sensible use.
  • Grid computing helps save money especially on huge projects that require lots of cash to complete. Instead of spending cash on the huge servers, grid computing helps split the up the work and distribute it to multiple computers.
  • Grid computing is very reliable since when one computer fails, others can pick up the job and continue with it.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is simply defined as the use of remote servers that are usually hosted in the internet to store or manage data. The data may be from your personal computer or the local server. The cloud guarantees on-demand access to the data on the cloud.

Cloud computing relies heavily on shared resources and thus one does not need to have local or personal servers. There are both public and private cloud computing services and both are tailored to suit customer’s needs.

Pros of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has many advantages. Below are some of them;

Large storage capabilities

The cloud can store large data and you simply won’t have to worry about space anymore. The fear of losing everything once your computer crashes or is lost is also a thing of the past. The cloud guarantees safety of your data.

Easy accessibility

When you use the cloud, you can access all your data from any part of the globe as long as your device is connected to the internet.

High performance

The cloud is run on some of the latest network and the data centers are secure thus guaranteeing top level performance. The cloud is also constantly upgraded to ensure that it is always fast and effective.

Both grid computing and cloud computing use the same concept of shared networks to achieve different goals. While grid computing mainly focuses on large projects such as military projects, cloud computing is tailored to suit business’ need irrespective of size.

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