Grid is the new design paradigm revolutionizing database technology. Not since client-server has database design become so radically distributed, and this book is a comprehensive guide to this paradigm shift in database modeling. Initial chapters delve into the history and theory of grid computing, providing a solid background of concepts, terminology, types, and issues surrounding grid design. The book then examines techniques that allow database designers to exploit the advantages of grid and highly distributed computing. Database administrators and managers can also turn to this book to learn about bandwidth capacity, interconnection requirements, and redirection of connections.