Distributed Computing Is Rolling in Fast

If you have had any hesitation jumping into distributed computing, now is the time to put those fears aside. DC is hot and growing fast. In my 10-plus years of sailing, I learned one important lesson: If it looks like the weather is going to get rough, drop sails right now and don't wait to be in the storm. I forgot that lesson once when I saw a thunderhead coming at me and figured I could make port before the storm. Bad mistake. For about an hour I had to struggle through 70-knot winds that forced open my head sail and forced me to do some extreme sailing. I would rather forget the hour that followed. Luckily everything turned out well, and I made port with no damage.

Distributed computing is moving at the speed of a thunder storm. Most people refer to this as "Internet speed." So just how fast is this happening? I looked at various research reports and gathered some interesting statistics.

At the beginning of 1999, 51 percent of IT organizations reported that they used some form of distributed system. By the end of 1999, that number had jumped to 66 percent. I expect that number to be close to 90 percent by the end of 2000. This represents massive adoption of distributed computing technology. In the mid-1990s, the early adopters began to migrate to object technologies, then to component technologies, moving on distributed computing.

Another revealing statistic is …


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