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Download the Puppies

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Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, August 3, 2006
3:06 am

I’ve been attending the Sun National Sales Meeting this week. Much has been said about the “4 S’s” – Servers, Storage, Software and Services – that comprise Sun’s product portfolio. In a humorous introduction to the Systems products, the MC remarked, “You can’t download these puppies from the Internet!.”

Au Contraire! Well … you can’t technically stuff a SPARC box through your Ethernet connection, but the computing capacity of these systems can be easily accessed through the Sun Grid at the fixed rate of $1/CPU-hour. Its kind of like the fact that you can’t download an electric generator through your wall outlet, but plug in the lamp and you get light. The electric utility takes care of the complexity, while we just enjoy the outcome. It’s a pretty compelling concept.

And by the way, you can explore the Sun Grid at “network.com,” a catchy URL for a service from the Company that proclaims “The Network is the Computer.”

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