Sun to enter cloud arena

| March 11, 2009

Sun Microsystems is reportedly readying the launch of its own cloud computing service. According to Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos, cited in a post on Data Centre Knowledge, the company has identified a Switch Communications facility in Las Vegas as the location of its cloud platform.

The report did not revealed any details of Sun’s cloud service, but did refer to a Sun initiative called Project Caroline, a SaaS platform designed for small and medium-sized companies, as well as its recently acquisition, Q-Layer, a Belgian company with technology that automates resource provisioning in cloud environments.

One of the key applications that Papadopoulos identified for cloud computing is application development, citing examples of developers now using Amazon’s cloud computing platform to quickly access computing resources to test out applications.

“We always think of the cloud in terms of developers,” he said. Public clouds such as Amazon’s will serve as a complementary solution for internal development projects for private enterprise clouds. “Most enterprises are going to have their own private cloud.”

According to the post, Sun’s cloud offering will be hosted in Switch Communications’ 407,000 square foot SuperNAP facility.

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