Sun Microsystems will offer utility computing services priced at less than a dollar per node an hour.
The company will aim the services at applications tolerant of high latency between processors, such as simulations, modelling and rendering, all easily optimised for grid computing, it said. It will make thousands of processors in Sun Fire servers available for the services.
The first service called Compute@Sun, will cost 79 cents per processor an hour in the US, while the second, Sun Utility Computing for Grid, will cost 99 an hour for a dual processor node. Sun did not say when the services will be available.
In the future, Sun expects businesses to buy computing capacity in much the same way they buy mobile phone services today, paying for a service plan allowing a number of hours of calls - or calculations - a month.
It will also sell compute-minutes wholesale to service provider partners, who will then resell the processor time to their customers. The partners include Atos Origin, Electronic Data Systems and CGI Group.
The company also announced a utility pricing model for midrange storage services based on its StorEdge 6920 system. At 80 cents per Sun Power Unit, takes into account a range of features and functionality, and will vary depending on the hardware, software and services used.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service