Letter from the Publisher
Looking back over three decades of information technology (IT), and the monumental progress that's been made in computing, communications, and networking, it's quite amazing to think that we can barely keep up with an insatiable global IT appetite. Worldwide, those responsible for global IT infrastructures are still on a quest for efficient resource utilization and finding new and better ways to do business... Read the letter in PDF format
Thomas B. Tabor, Publisher
President and CEO, Tabor Communications, Inc.
Letter from the Premier Sponsor
Intel is very pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of this collaborative industry vision focused on the future of information technology (IT) and the role that IT can play to enable business success and competitiveness through globalization, agility, efficiency, and the delivery of new business value to end customers... Read the letter in PDF format
Robert Fogel, Vice-Chairman, Global Grid Forum
Worldwide Director of Grid and Service-Oriented IT, Intel Corporation
Globalization and outsourcing are driving changes from the top down that are causing foundational changes in business models and business processes, while core technology is changing things from the bottom up where computing and communications are converging with wireless mobile access becoming ubiquitous. This book describes how all of this is coming together to cause the perfect storm with core information technology infrascructure. For the first time business and IT leaders are re-thinking their IT architecture, and ideas that have been percolating with the Grid community for more than a decade are beginning to take hold. Ideas like virtualization over wide area global networks, Service-Oriented Architecture, and software as a service, which might have sounded arcane in the late 1990s, are taking center stage. At no time have the words of Robert Noyce seemed more appropriate: "Don't be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful."
Director, Worldwide Strategy and Planning, Customer Solutions Group, Intel Corporation
Over the past few years we've all heard lots of talk, anticipation, yes and some hype, about new modes of computing. Buzzwords and marketing terms abound in an attempt to label and brand this trend. Well, we are actually experiencing a very positive convergence of some of the most key emerging technologies. This book, using concrete examples, is an important step to help explain this convergence and its breakthrough value to businesses and IT organizations.
Vice President, Infrastructure Solution Sales, IBM
The unprecedented globalization of modern business demands the virtualization of IT. Organizations worldwide are racing to embrace the enterprise of the future, and the emergence of Grid and SOA are key to realizing this vision and accomplishing the virtualization of IT in an efficient and effective manner. This book is about the vision, the challenges, the lessons learned, and the future. This book is a guide for those architecting the next generation of enterprise IT.
"The Emergence of Grid and Service-Oriented IT: An Industry Vision for Business Success" represents a collaborative perspective assembled to help the global community of IT decision makers evaluate the potential benefit, progress, and lessons learned from both the suppliers and implementers of leading-edge technical and business computing solutions.
The publisher wishes to thank the following organizations for their support and contributions:
The 451 Group
BEA Systems, Inc.