Grid computing is a very hot topic these days. Many major IT vendors are promoting and announcing "grid," "on-demand," "adaptive infrastructure" or some closely related initiative. It's likely the buzz will only increase as these firms reorient themselves to this emerging market.

Though it may seem to be yet another "next big thing," grid computing is in fact bringing real benefits to commercial enterprises. That's why enterprises and the software vendors that serve the analytics/business intelligence (BI) sectors are now partnering with the technology specialists in this space - or pushing initiatives of their own. It's particularly relevant in today's hyper-competitive yet cost constrained times when companies truly do need to do more with less.

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