Gartner Research

How Virtualization Relates to Grid Computing

Published: 12 September 2011

ID: G00218372

Analyst(s): Carl Claunch


Grid computing and virtualization overlap, but are different in important ways. This research clarifies their differences, recommends when to use each and explains when the two should be combined.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Virtualization of Server Hardware
  • Virtualization of Applications
  • Key Differences Between Grid Computing and Virtualization
  • Grid Computing Isolates Applications From the Execution Environment
  • Use of Virtualization Within a Grid
  • Virtualization Between Grid and Hardware
  • Virtualization of Grid Mechanisms

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