Where is Sun headed with Cloud Computing?


Life just got interesting in Sun Cloud Computing with this acquisition of Q-layer, a Belgium-based organization. The acquisition brings to Sun an immediate ability to offer efficient, full datacenter virtualization, a key aspect of Cloud Computing. The Q-layer software supports instant provisioning of services such as servers, storage, bandwidth and applications, enabling users to scale their own environments.
To our new brethren: Welcome aboard and I hope you have a fun ride here. We are pleased to have your expertise here and I'm equally sure that you will like the culture and engineering talent at Sun.
On a broader theme ...
If you'd like to read more about the overall vision, I'd recommend looking at these slides from Dave Douglas's presentation to Sun Analysts in November 2008 after the reorg announcement. [Dave Douglas is head of the Cloud Computing Group within Sun].
You may also want to hear this interesting podcast by Lew Tucker, CTO of Cloud Computing (at Sun). Together, they give a good sense of what Sun is attempting to do in 2009 as it re-enters the Cloud Computing area in a bigger way.
For more details on Sun's Cloud Computing initiative, you can you find more details here.
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The acquisition brings to Sun an immediate ability to offer efficient, full datacenter virtualization, a key aspect of Cloud Computing. The Q-layer software supports instant provisioning of services such as servers, storage, bandwidth and applications, enabling users to scale their own environments.

Isn't that the decription for Sun XVM hypervisor?

Posted by Dennis on January 07, 2009 at 12:36 AM PST #

Dennis,
IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) focusses largely on virtualization of HW resources. See eg:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrastructure_as_a_service

The xVM is at the OS level, per machine. IaaS virtualization is the Cloud equivalent.
In Cloud-land, there are some additional pieces required, specific to Clouds: scaling, metering, scheduling, aggregation

Posted by guest on January 07, 2009 at 07:53 AM PST #

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