December 10, 2008
Last month, we broke the news that Sun Microsystems is investing heavily in a cloud computing strategy. In a teleconference yesterday, Sun expanded on its plans … a little.
Here, in a nutshell, are the bullet points laid out by Dave Douglas, Sun’s senior vice president of cloud computing:
CTO Tucker also chimed in, noting that Sun is in a great position to start building clouds for companies, and it has received much interest already.
Details were equally sparse during the Q&A session, during which the Sun team indicated:
And let us not forget the still unanswered question as to what will happen to Network.com. Unless I missed something, this was never explicitly brought up during the call, and not wanting to be on the receiving end of a good, old-fashioned corporate sidestep, I didn’t ask. My prediction (on which even I wouldn’t place a bet) is that Sun ultimately will offer a full-on cloud platform, offering not only PaaS (as it is well equipped to do, and which Douglas acknowledges would be the proper description for Network.com 1.0) but also nearly bare metal IaaS and social networking/Web 2.0 services. It has the means to do all these things (and has hinted at them through various projects -- like Caroline and Hydrazine) and, if done right, could make Sun the only (?) low-maintenance, full-service cloud offering.
Posted by Derrick Harris - December 10, 2008 @ 1:54 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Derrick Harris is the Editor of On-Demand Enterprise
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