How does utility computing
play out in today's storage and networking marketplace?
The debate polarised opinions around the table: some saw utility computing
as a natural progression of attempts to maximise the utilisation of IT resources; others viewed it as just another phase of an ongoing swing between centralised and decentralised infrastructures.
In addition, the cyclical nature of technology that involved mainframes in the 1970s, minis in the 1980s and distributed computing in the 1990s, led the way to utility computing
, said Gates Ouimette, marketing manager for The InterUnity Group, a company that helps businesses improve their business performance through the optimization of IT spending.
The emerging excitement over utility computing
stands in stark contrast to the dismal current picture for co-location and managed services providers," Martorelli says.
Named a 2007 Category Breaker by NetworkWorld magazine, 3Tera's AppLogic grid operating system enables hosting providers to offer the first true utility computing
services that completely remove the cost and complexity associated with infrastructure.
The utility computing
model requires that data and applications always be available, that services be delivered at specified levels, and that IT processes be automated.
Unlike traditional outsourcing arrangements, which primarily began as a way to bulk-shift IT operational cost containment to a third-party the granularity of utility computing
allows insurance business management to treat IT as a variable cost.
Webinar attendees will learn how recent advances in grid technology have enabled the first true utility computing
But Sun's Tony Siress, senior director of Advanced Services, doesn't like the usual electrical grid analogy for utility computing
Since we knew we'd be running SAP and several other mission-critical services on the new utility computing
platform, 24x7 availability was a crucial requirement," said Kil-Sub Lee, vice president, SK C&C.
Within the utility computing
model, the utility may provide services from the same infrastructure to multiple clients at the same time (Figure 1).
Chapter 1: Introduction: Utility Computing
- The Vision Unfolds