Alex Efimov (STFC)
The rapid development of virtualisation and distributed computing technologies, including grids, means that the paradigm shift towards utility computing could happen sooner rather than later. Scientific Grids such as WLCG could contribute to this process. gLite middleware is a good example: developed to work with geographically distributed heterogeneous resources which often belong to different owners it fits perfectly with the requirements of future inter-enterprise Grids. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) supports several Grid commercialisation projects that showcase market opportunities for Grid technologies.