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Sun Grid Gets Thumbs Up

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) has added flesh to the bones of its much-hyped grid computing initiative (see Sun Grid Goes Live and Sun Unlocks Grid for $1). Is it enough to tempt users?

Suns grid utility service, which offers access to compute resources at a cost of $1 per CPU per hour, was first unveiled last year. Now, though, the company has added storage to the mix, at a cost of $1 per gigabyte per month.

The Holy Grail for Sun, at least as far as grid computing is concerned, is the financial sector. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm is keen to tap the immense compute and storage demands of Wall Street firms, but it faces stiff competition from rivals IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), which have already made inroads into this space (see IBM Opens 3rd Supercomputing Center, IBM Intros Grid Offering, and HP Delivers Storage Grid Solution).

However, NDCF spoke to a number of IT directors from the financial sector at today’s Web Services on Wall Street conference in New York, and it seems that Sun may be onto a winner with its clearly defined pay-per-use pricing.

”There is a market for the Sun grid strategy,” said one IT director at an investment bank, speaking to NDCF on condition of anonymity. It could be particularly relevant for areas such as mortgage analysis and credit derivatives where calculations need to be done in a timely manner, he added.

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