Sun Microsystems might be breaking new ground with its grid computing and storage services, at Cebit the company admitted flat out that it doesn't want to be in this business.
It's just that the company intensely believes that utility services are the next phase for the computer industry, said Robert Youngjohns, who heads up the utility computing business for Sun Microsystems. And because no-one else shares that vision, Sun has decided to take this route alone.
But over time the company hopes that utility providers like AT&T or British Telecom will take over the arduous task of dealing with those pesky end users. By then, Sun thinks that it has at least established itself as a leading provider in the market for grid infrastructure. But the company can't wait until that day is here:
"I see ourselves become more the infrastructure vendor to multiple vendors who put this thing in the market," Youngjohns said. "But in the mean time we have to get this thing going."
The industry is just too comfortable with how things are currently going, the Sun senior vice president added. By taking the lead, he hopes he will wake up and shake up the competition. "I have to irritate the market into doing this."
* in case you're not aware of your world literature: this is a reference to Monty Python's "The lumberjack song"
Entry copied from vnunet.com's Cebit blog
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