Oil and gas companies are to be served by the largest ever utility grid computing deal signed by Sun Microsystems.
Virtual Compute has agreed to use more than one million hours of central processing units on Sun Microsystems' Grid Compute Utility network.
VCC offers companies remote high-performance computing facilities and IT infrastructure management services. It is targeting use of Sun’s grid on its customers in the oil and gas industry.
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Utility grid computing is designed to offer companies flexible computer processing, enabling them to buy more capacity to support demanding projects, and to tailor their usage in response to peaks and troughs in business demands.
The Sun Grid Compute Utility network is based on Sun Fire V20z servers, which are powered by AMD Opteron processors.
Sun charges its grid users $1 (57p) per CPU per hour, on a pay-per-use model.