Defending the Notion of a Utility Future


GRIDtoday Editor Derrick Harris defends “Big Switch” predictions that most enterprise computing will eventually be done via the Web:
“A prime example of a large company already considering such a move is Sun, which has garnered much attention — some positive, some negative — over a series of blog entries in which one of its datacenter architects said the company hopes to eliminate its internal datacenters by 2015. Feasibility aside, Sun’s plans certainly prove that the notion of utility computing isn’t something completely unpalatable to large corporations. Granted, Sun will still offer its Network.com utility service via which Sun could, in theory, acquire its computing resources and therefore still end up (technically) managing its own datacenter, but that’s a mindbender for another day. (However, Sun is planning to expand Network.com beyond HPC offerings, so it might not be completely unreasonable.)” Full Story

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About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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