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The Great Global Grid is the next generation of the Internet where universal connectivity to large computing resources will be available for consumers and enterprises. This is the first book to pragmatically analyze the full range of software technologies that are converging to create future Internet architectures including utility grids, Web Services, wireless devices, peer-to-peer collaboration, virtual clusters, business process automation, and enterprise portals.
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Dr. Robert Marcus has worked in many different areas of information technology and software development. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Emerging Technology Strategies in Boulder, Colorado. His previous experience includes Director of Technology Transformation and Deployment at General Motors, CTO of Rogue Wave Software, VP of Technical Strategy at the MCC Research Consortium, Director of Object Technology at American Management Systems, Coordinator of Object Technology at Boeing, and Advanced Technology Software Engineer at HP. He was the lead organizer of the 2001 Software Services Grid Workshop that initiated discussions among the leaders of the Grid, object and Web standards communities.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The next generation of the Internet will produce dramatic changes exceeding even those caused by the World Wide Web. Several emerging technologies are combining to create a "Great Global Grid" infrastructure that will enable universal connectivity to large computing resources. This connectivity can be made available as a utility to consumers and enterprises. Society and industry's ability to productively absorb these future changes will be a serious challenge. The best way to manage technology transformations is to develop well-defined processes for understanding and assessing new technologies and their impact. The goal of this book is to provide a systematic survey of the Great Global Grid technologies from an enterprise point of view
Section 1. Emerging Technology Strategies. The book does not exaggerate the capabilities of the technologies or their benefits. Section 1 describes some examples of past emerging technologies that failed to realize their initial vision. Based on the lessons learned from these experiences, a technology evaluation template is created and used to describe the emerging technologies of the Great Global Grid. This template includes:
· Description of the technology
· Relationships to other technologies
· Important technical and business trends
· Specific applications
· Industry and official standards
· Vendor overviews by application area
· Leading implementation approaches
· Advice on deployment
· Future technical and business directions
· Summary and recommendations
Section 2. Great Global Grid - The range of technologies comprising the Great Global Grid is large and complex. One of the main contributions of this book is to categorize these technologies in detail and the dependencies among them. The evaluation template from Section 1 is used to refine the analysis and present specific examples.
Audience - The range of information collected in this book is not available from any other source. The broad spectrum of technologies, standards and vendors covered is necessary to understand the future enterprise applications of the Internet. The following groups should find the contents of this book especially valuable.
· Decision makers for the evaluation of current products, standards and open issues
· Developers and architects for the overview of advanced software technologies
· Consultants for the industry analysis of vendors and business applications
· Futurists for the trends and research that are the basis of the next generation Internet
· Students for the industrial perspective and leading edge implementations
Final thought - The world is changing rapidly. The specific details of products, standards, interfaces and implementations will continue to evolve. Enterprise planning will always need to be based on updated and specialized analysis. However the Great Global Grid descriptive framework in this book should provide a good foundation for future decision making.
Acknowledgments - The strong support and understanding of my wife, Lois Hayes, was essential in making this book a reality. Brian Hochgurtel provided valuable feedback that improved the quality of the presentation. My father, William Marcus, supplied inspiration by example, with his best-selling text, "Elements of Radio".
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