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"The Network is the Computer" ...Sun Stakes Future on Grid Computing
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 2/02/2005 07:35:00 PM.

Sun have announced their plans to offer businesses a simple way of doing I.T., by utilising the power of grid computing. For the price of $1 per cpu hour, business customers can tap into massive computer grids run by Sun.

Sun believe that by doing the service "on-demand" they can offer a more cost effective way of computing to businesses worldwide. The company claims to have thousands of CPUs accessible on a truly global scale; so far they have announced centers in Texas, Virginia, New Jersey and Scotland; the company plans to announce more new centers in the USA, Europe and Asia in 2005.

The system is powered by chips from AMD; AMD chairman Hector Ruiz said "With the introduction of dual-core versions of the AMD Opteron processor planned for mid-year, AMD will enable the ultimate hardware platform for delivering the full potential of Solaris 10 and the Sun Grid". Sun are launching the service today alongside a variety of other new services; the company has reduced the price of its Java enterprise system to $50 per employee with unlimited use per year. Combined with the grid computing initiative, the company could be onto a winner if businesses recognise the service as a cheap and efficient way of running IT.

What is Grid Computing:

Grid computing enables the virtualization of distributed computing and data resources such as processing, network bandwidth and storage capacity to create a single system image, granting users and applications seamless access to vast IT capabilities. Just as an Internet user views a unified instance of content via the Web, a grid user essentially sees a single, large virtual computer.

In fact, grid can be seen as the latest and most complete evolution of more familiar developments — such as distributed computing, the Web, peer-to-peer computing and virtualization technologies.

  • Like the Web, grid computing keeps complexity hidden: multiple users enjoy a single, unified experience.
  • Unlike the Web, which mainly enables communication, grid computing enables full collaboration toward common business goals.
  • Like peer-to-peer, grid computing allows users to share files.
  • Unlike peer-to-peer, grid computing allows many-to-many sharing — not only files but other resources as well.
  • Like clusters and distributed computing, grids bring computing resources together.
  • Unlike clusters and distributed computing, which need physical proximity and operating homogeneity, grids can be geographically distributed and heterogeneous.
  • Like virtualization technologies, grid computing enables the virtualization of IT resources.
  • Unlike virtualization technologies, which virtualize a single system, grid computing enables the virtualization of vast and disparate IT resources.

    View: IBM Grid Computing Initiative

    View : Overview of NC05Q1
    View: Sun Homepage

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