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Sun delays grid utility processing

Tony Savvas

Sun Microsystems has delayed the roll-out of its web-based Sun Grid utility processing service because of a lack of computing resources.

Availability of the service, launched in a hail of publicity at the beginning of this year, was expected around now. Sun now says it won’t be available until the end of the summer.

Sun Grid is expected to operate like a power or water utility, charging large companies for computer processing and storage capacity at the flat rate of $1 (55p) per CPU per hour and $1 per gigabyte per month, respectively.

Sun says it already has some large early adopter customers using the service, banks believed to be among them, but it won’t name them for now. 

The company says a lack of CPU power as a result of these big deployments means it first has to build up its resources before it launches the service to the wider enterprise community.


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