Cloudy in the UK

On a trip through the UK last week, I took time out to talk to Martin Courtney of the UK's Computing.com about HPC and Cloud Computing. Martin definitely got the message. One of the biggest challenges to large scale adoption of cloud computing is getting software to work in the cloud. To date, using Google or Amazon's Cloud meant you had to modify your software with Google or Amazon specific code. But what if the software you already used, like your database, your application server, or your office suite already worked with a Cloud? Better yet, what if it worked with a cloud and was based on open standards, so if you wanted to switch to a different cloud you would not be stuck with a high cost of exit? Those are exactly some of the ideas behind Sun's new Cloud Computing offerings.
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