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As grid technology gets absorbed into enterprise fabrics, it could become inseparable from technologies such as virtualization and service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and the creation of enterprise utilities. Virtualization could deliver the dream of grid computing. Virtual machines and virtual appliances - together with distributed storage facilities and network overlays - look as though they will be able to map this kind of virtual workspace onto physical resources. Moreover, the promise is that they will be easy to define, test, install, transport and adjust on demand. Putting them together into 'Virtual Grids' should enable users to test them before the actual allocation of virtual resources is made.
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