Maybe later on this week I’ll write up a more detailed set of things I’ve been thinking of, while I see another “fad” grip the computing world.
Until then, John West at InsideHPC.com asks a question of why is Sun coming back to the cloud table? John points* out
I’ll save my “cloud” comments until the future article. Though I might point out that for a new investment in technology to build a cloud computing facility, the business model generally needs you to spend as little as possible per system and per gigabyte of storage.
I don’t see how that’s possible using Sun gear.
On the server side, its hard to out-Dell Dell (or out-HP HP), and on the storage side, our list prices for JackRabbit and ΔV are well below their sale pricing.
The economics of real utility cloud models (ala Google, Amazon, etc) require you drive your costs into the ground. Pull out every last un-needed element, every high cost item. Low cost, highly replicated, easily managed environments. Marginal costs have to be driven toward zero for management, per unit costs have to be driven as low as possible.
- I should also note that any time I have run a post any bit critical of Sun, its business, or financials, or market, or technology, or discussing competitors, or better products, we have been DDoSed. I hope John’s servers can handle it.