The Data Center as we Know It is Dead. (Sorry George Gilder
Officially -- welcome to cloud computing from Sun.
If you haven't seen the news, look at Sun's Cloud Announcement and check it out for yourself. Netnet -- Sun's Cloud business unit is not only building our own public cloud (at SuperNAP today -- but also taking that technology to our service providers, other partners, and our direct customers (private clouds.)
Also, my team, specifically Robert Holt, Mikael Lofstrand, and myself have been working on something called OpenSolaris Dynamic Service Containers (DSC) -- you can join the fun at Kenai.com. This makes it easy to manage containers/zones and scale them up and down across physical nodes -- all via a simple registry.
Additioanlly, we've been working on some IDEs for the cloud -- look at John Kirby's page for some ideas here. This will eventually link to the DSC work above and our own cloud offering based around x86 virtualization (VMIs.)
Why is this important??
The deployment model is assembled in the IDE today but the cloud needs to manage the workload. The "model" can't simply live in the IDE, it needs to live in the cloud as well.
Great work team!!