The 451 Group, a New York-based technology industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, believes current enterprise software licensing models are throttling grid computing deployments and that these models, which have been built around legacy concepts of enterprise application use, are presenting an increasing problem for enterprise IT managers as they pursue implementations of grid applications. Enterprise IT departments are finding that they can't afford to buy software licenses for every processor or device in a grid for each application they intend to run on that grid - a necessity, under current licensing schemes. Grids, by their nature, consume resources dynamically, and this is a concept that is not well addressed in the majority of software user licenses. This reality is skewing the potential return on investment (ROI) from grid computing programs - posing a formidable obstacle to grid application deployment.

These findings are contained in a recently released report that  analyzes the role of enterprise software licensing models in early commercial adoption of grid computing technologies. 451 analysts have found that some enterprises have managed to avoid these software licensing challenges through tactics such as:

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