Thursday, August 25, 2005

Sun Grid Utility Service goes Live ... for Employees only

Sun Microsystems turned on its Grid computing utility, for hosting large ERP applications for its employees to test out the server infrastructure and user acceptance of the Computing-as-metered-utility model. General availability is scheduled for October. Sun is offering processing and storage in a pay-as-you-go arrangement of $1 per CPU per hour, delivered via an Internet connection. Experts quoted in the article wonder if Sun can make any money this way with the price of computing resources dropping each day. With linux and the beowulf project almost anyone can now create a cluster and have access to high quality free software for any kind of work. I wonder if the ASP model is even viable anymore !!

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