Here Come the Specialty Clouds

GigaOM writes on the rapidly changing Cloud Computing landscape:
“Jules Urbach, CEO of Otoy, tells me a GPU-based cloud could be used for gaming, creating virtual Blu-ray players and even transcoding. There seems to be demand for such clouds (I’ve heard folks in the movie industry talk about a desire for transcoding clouds) and Sun Microsystems executives have championed the idea of different hardware underlying different clouds. Yet, the idea is still a bit controversial, possibly because it’s hard to imagine achieving commodity pricing for specialty clouds.” Full Story

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One Response to Here Come the Specialty Clouds

  1. Wayne Horkan says:

    Hiya,
    There’s a ton on this already.
    The best so far is probably Peter Laird’s "Understanding the Cloud Computing/SaaS/PaaS markets: a Map of the Players in the Industry" article: http://peterlaird.blogspot.com/2008/05/understanding-cloud-computingsaaspaas.html
    Simon Wardley also does a great presentation on "*aaS" which is funny and informative.
    Were going to continue to see growth in the number of "*aaS" for the time being; however each of the "*aaS" sub-types break down into major types first popularised by the "Partly Cloudy – Blue-Sky Thinking About Cloud Computing" white paper from the 451 Group: http://www.the451group.com/ice/ice_detail.php?icid=619
    I suppose a GPU cloud would be a variant of the "IaaS" model.
    You might enjoy my cloud relationship model article which discusses some of this: http://blogs.sun.com/eclectic/entry/cloud_relationship_model
    Wayne

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