The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) just released a new market study from a worldwide community of more than 20,000 members that are Oracle technology professionals. The study, From Clustering to Grid: A New Data Infrastructure Emerges, has documented the growing presence of grid computing and clustering among enterprises where Oracle databases are installed.

Nearly 25 percent of the survey respondents reported either a grid actively in place or currently planned for installation. Of those sites, nearly three-quarters reported the key benefits that grid delivers as being application fail-over, availability and scalability. The most prevalent grid-based applications are data warehousing and business intelligence. Overall, grid computing is growing in scope with many of the grid users reporting that they plan to deploy across more than twelve nodes next year, however, more than half of the respondents report lingering concerns about the additional complexity involved with further deployment of grid computing.

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