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Grids and Cloud as Complementary Computing Paradigms

An strategy to ensure a healthy future for infrastructures

This is the title of the new GridBriefing just released by GridTalk to introduce Grids and Clouds as complementary computing paradigms. A clear understanding of their relationship will help the development and efficient use of existing academia and commercial e-infrastructures. It is especially interesting the table comparing Grid and Clouds side by side, as well as the strategy recommended in the chapter devoted to Grids and Clouds of the new white paper by the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group to ensure a healthy future for European e-infrastructures:

  • Investigate the integration of cloud-like technologies, especially virtualisation, into existing e‑Infrastructures
  • Encourage the deployment of grid services on top of virtual infrastructures
  • Encourage the integration of cloud-based services and APIs into existing e Infrastructures
  • Promote the development of open-source components to build clouds
  • Support the development of standards-based grid interfaces to cloud services
  • Explore the application of grid technology for the federation of clouds
  • Aim for high-level efficiency in both grid and cloud computing

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.

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