Sun's Cloud Computing for SaaS?

Recently there was much discussion in a new research project from Sunlab. Its call Project Caroline, a new horizontal scalable platform for SaaS that sounded a lot like cloud computing. Just what can Project Caroline do? Quoting from the article "Platform as a Service":

A hosting platform by Project Caroline enabled SaaS providers to:

1. Access a wide range of open source tools and resources through high-level abstractions (language-level Virtual Machines, networks, and network-accessible file systems and databases) to increase developer productivity while insulating code from infrastructure changes
2. Launch the service across performance-tuned, load-balanced infrastructure
3. Programmatically allocate, monitor, and control virtualized compute, storage, and networking resources
4. Automate service updates and platform usage dynamically—without human intervention
5. Draw on single-system view of a horizontally scaled pool of resources in order to meet the allocation requests of multiple applications

Project Caroline is opensourced under the GPLv2 license and the source code can be downloaded from the project website. It is still very much a research project, but I really hope that it will eventually be developed into a real Sun product.

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