Sun's McNealy Touts Grid Computing Offering
Sun Connection of Many Expected Options
May. 3, 2005 03:00 PM
"Today Sun is providing customers with smarter technology options, more control over their data centers and the ability to maximize economies of scale throughout their IT infrastructure," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun while announcing Sun's updated grid-computing strategy at Network Computing '05 in Washington, DC.
McNealy said that Sun has eight major Sun Grid proof-of-concepts underway and dozens of similar engagements across large enterprise customers in industries including: financial services, oil and gas, life sciences and entertainment. "The technological advancements of Sun Grid and the Solaris 10 OS continue to redefine network computing as a service model, while addressing the core issues of complexity and cost in the data center." he said.
"CIOs no longer need to hand over the keys to their kingdom to services behemoths, because the power to run their business is back in their own hands. With the combined muscle of our new Sun Connection Services and the Solaris 10 OS, we're offering to take responsibility for security updates and systems monitoring for our enterprise and public sector customers. Sun's product and service offerings are solving problems for everyone, from the IT manager to the CIO, by allowing them to move from a customized data center model, to a standardized model, and eventually to a true utility model in the data center."
At the event, Sun announced the availability of its pay-per-use compute utility, priced $1 per CPU per hour, delivered via Sun Grid, Sun's standardized global grid. For customers who want pre-integrated racks with flexible configurations for fast and easy deployment, Sun today announced the Sun Grid Rack System, starting at approximately $77,000.
Sun also announced new Sun Grid Solution, offering a range of tailored services to help architect, implement and manage a grid solution using Sun Grid technology.
McNealy pointed to an industry report commissioned by Sun and conducted by independent research firm Momentum Research Group in January 2005, which found that nearly 80 percent of respondents expect their IT spending to increase this year in order to address some of their top concerns in the data center, including: IT security, efficiency, consolidation and utilization.
"In fact, 20 percent of the government data center managers polled said they were uncomfortable with current levels of security and more than 75 percent of all respondents said that they plan to begin, or have already begun, consolidation projects," he said. "As part of its NC05Q2 launch event, Sun is delivering new products and solutions to help smart enterprise and government customers attack the data center's most complex issues."