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Cloud Computing: Sun wants the heavens with Caroline

Well if not the heavens then I'd say it certainly is going to promise you the clouds. Loads of clouds!

Ashlee covering Sun doing the Amazon EC2 with Caroline:

The concept of utility computing has technically been around since the mainframe days. You fire up a large machine and then rent out time to different users.

The utility model, however, gave way to client-server computing during the major data center build out that has been underway for decades. Companies became accustomed to running their own infrastructures and largely relied on placing one or a limited number of applications on each physical server.

Thanks to massive increases in compute power, storage and bandwidth and more attention to virtualization software a revitalized form of utility computing is taking hold. Some companies like Salesforce.com rent out a specific software utility – customer relationship management software. Others like Amazon.com and more recently IBM – the time-sharing king – look to offer up their data centers for a wide variety of tasks, including storage and application hosting.

Sun has spent the last couple of years trying to get a variety of utility computing services going. But it has mostly focused on more familiar big business customers with processor and storage renting by the hour or gigabyte. Hey, Pixar, do you need to run some huge rendering job? Send the work over to our super-charged cluster instead of buying your own hardware. Valero, you've got some oil exploration data to crunch? Boy, do we have the hardware for you.

Unfortunately for Sun, regulatory concerns slowed the delivery of these services with the US wanting to make sure data remained secure and isolated for each customer and that overseas terrorists couldn't tap into a supercomputer for, say, weapons designs or the most efficient ways to spread a chemical weapon through a crowd.



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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




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