Cloud Computing vs Grid Computing

cloud computing vs grid computingComparing Cloud Computing vs Grid Computing is a bit like comparing apples and oranges… Well more like apples and grapes!

Keep reading to find out why!


Cloud computing and grid computing are powerful tools.  They both use the internet and computers to accomplish amazing feats of informational technology.

But that’s pretty much where the similarities end!


Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is when a user uploads files from their computer (or mobile device) onto a server that is located somewhere else.

They can then access those files from anywhere in the world, so long as they have an internet connection.   (Pretty handy, right?)

There are many, MANY current applications of cloud computing technology.


Grid Computing

Grid computing is different.  Much different!

Grid computing is when multiple computers pool their resources to accomplish a task that would ordinarily be too difficult for one computer to process on its own.

That’s why cloud computing vs grid computing is a little like apples vs grapes!

With grid computing, lots of little computers add up to make one big bunch of processing power!

A great example of grid computing in action is The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence’s SETI @ Home project.

Computer owners can download a program that gives SETI access their processors while the owners aren’t using them.  This helps to increase their ability to explore and search the skies for aliens!

When lots of computers loan a little power, it can add up to something great!


Summing It Up

Both technologies have the potential to benefit mankind in different ways.  Cloud computing is transforming the way we interact as a society, and grid computing is giving us powers we never had during our days as mere humans!

However, both technologies have the potential to cause problems it they aren’t regulated properly.


Cloud computing vs grid computing– two very different technologies…

But two very powerful ones!

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