[Beowulf] Re: Selling computation time

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Thu Dec 28 14:17:29 PST 2006


On Thursday 28 December 2006 07:36, Jeff Johnson wrote:

> It is a reasonable assumption that Sun did their homework. I wonder who
> they are targeting.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2005/10/25/sun_grid_slip/

Sun's grid: lights on, no customers   (October 2005)

14 months of utility computing vision

Many of you will remember the fanfare and bravado surrounding Sun 
Microsystems' Sep. 2004 announcement of a $1 per hour per processor utility 
computing plan. What you won't remember is Sun revealing a single customer 
using the service. That's because it hasn't.
[...]
"It has been harder than we anticipated," said Aisling MacRunnels, Sun's 
senior director of utility computing in an interview. "It has been really 
hard. All of this has been a massive learning experience for us a company. I 
am not embarrassed to say this because we have been on the leading edge."
[...]


No idea if things have changed in the 14 months since that was written!

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