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internetnews.com: IBM, Sun Launch Competing Grid Schemes

Nov 17, 2004, 15:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Shread, Michael Singer)

IBM Launches Public Grid Computing Project

"IBM hopes to give a boost to large-scale public grid computing projects with the launch of the new 'World Community Grid.'

"Such public projects--where computer users volunteer spare processing power to create a virtual supercomputer to solve complex problems--are nothing new, but having Big Blue's weight behind such efforts will no doubt raise their profile. It will also likely draw more attention to grid computing's commercial benefits, something Big Blue has been pushing since mid-2001..."

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Sun Lights Up $1 Grid

"Sun Microsystems continued its disruptive pricing strategy this week with a new grid computing offer that costs $1 per -CPU, per-hour to use.

"'CIOs around the world should begin benchmarking their internal grid infrastructures against our announced price of $1 CPU/hour and begin to consider the advantages of moving toward a service-oriented data center, rather than a custom-built grid,' Jonathan Schwartz, Sun president and COO said. The outspoken No. 2 man at Sun called the radical per-CPU, per-hour pricing a new market opportunity for the company..."

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