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Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Handbook by Daniel Nguyen, Matthew Hart, Werner De Gruyter

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Introduction

It’s a Grid! It’s a Cloud! It’s a.... wild tangled mess!

Let’s just look it right in the eye and call it out. We in the IT industries have been barraged with the buzzwords over and over again since we rolled into the new millennium: the transition to utility computing, or grid computing, or cloud computing (depending on the source/exact month/position of the stars in the sky). We’ve decided that we’ve hit fatigue in all of this, and there’s nothing we can do about the language and jockeying for position that accompanies all of the PR.

But, underneath it all, a real transition has been taking place, based on real pressures in the global economy to leverage technology for business advantage, while suppressing costs and increasing reliability. ...

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