Difference between Cloud Computing and Grid Computing

Preface – This post is part of the Cloud Computing series.

Introduction to Cloud computing

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of services. These services or resources include computing, storage, memory, management, etc. These resources are made available for use on a virtual platform that is the cloud. We can use these resources via an Internet connection. Cloud has many advantages and features that make it more popular than that traditional servers.

For example – Cloud allows access to network-based communication tools like emails and messaging apps. Whatsapp is also an example of cloud computing as all the messages are stored on a virtual platform cloud.

Organizations of every type and sizes are using cloud services for various use cases like data analytics, data backup, software development, testing, etc.

Introduction to Grid Computing

Grid Computing is a group of networked machines which work together to meet a massive set of data analyses and perform large tasks. Grid computing works together to form a sizeable virtual supercomputer.

It supports Intensive data, distributed supercomputing, and On-demand support. It is used for complex tasks which could not be possible by a single computer.

Difference between Cloud computing & Grid Computing

Cloud Computing

Grid Computing

1. Cloud computing supports client-server architecture.

1. Grid computing supports distributed computing architecture.

2. The scalability of cloud computing is very high and supports auto-scaling and elasticity.

2. The scalability of grid computing is comparatively low.

3. Cloud Computing is accessible through standard web protocols.

3. Grid computing is accessible through grid middleware.

4. In Cloud Computing data is available and managed at the central warehouse.

4. In Grid Computing data is available and managed at variable locations

5. Cloud Computing mainly focuses on reducing cost and increasing returns.

5. Grid computing focuses on networks and hence has a large-scale goal.

6. Cloud Computing provides more flexibility in terms of choosing services and products.

6. Grid Computing provides less flexibility than cloud computing.

7. Clouds can store large amounts of data along with keeping it safe.

7. Grid computing helps deal with idle energy in computers. It is more beneficial for sensible data.


Grid computing and cloud computing provides a significant contribution & collaboration to the companies. They have different use cases and features that make them unique. In grid computing, the primary focus is on the network, providing it with a large-scale goal.

The cloud offers more services than grid computing as most of the cloud services are obtained with the help of the internet. The main difference is that cloud computing has a client-server architecture, whereas grid computing offers distributed architecture.



  • Barry Allen

    A Full Stack Developer with 10+ years of experience in different domain including SAP, Blockchain, AI and Web Development.


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