Sandeepan Banerjee

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Two somewhat contrary-sounding drivers fuel the emerging renaissance in enterprise data management - virtualization and convergence. Virtualization is a framework for dividing up the resources of an organization into multiple execution environments through the application of one or more technologies such as hardware clustering, software partitioning, application modularization, emulation, and so on. Convergence, on the other hand, tries to bring diverse information assets - databases, mail stores, documents - under unified management. The coming Information Grid unites these opposing drivers. The drive behind virtualization is the lowering of cost. Today's emerging grid computing environments enable not only the virtualization of IT resources such as storage, bandwidth, CPU cycles (supporting the ad hoc provisioning, on-demand deployment, and decentralized manageme... (more)