May 07, 2007
Sun Microsystems Inc.
announced wider international availability and addition of new
features to the Sun Grid Compute Utility available from Network.com.
In addition to the United States, the $1/CPU-hr, pay-per-use
Network.com utility offering is now available in Australia, Austria,
Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand,
Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
Developers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-users from
these countries will now have immediate access to Network.com's
powerful, on-demand computing infrastructure powered by the Solaris 10
OS, as well as to the open source and ISV applications published in
Network.com Application Catalog. Users signing up for a Network.com
account will get 200 CPU-hrs free for a limited time.
"International availability is an important milestone for
Network.com. A large number of new developers who specialize on
building compute intensive applications can now deploy on Network.com,"
said Aisling MacRunnels, vice president of software marketing at Sun
Microsystems. "ISVs publishing applications in Network.com
Application Catalog will find their addressable market segments rapidly
increasing with the broader international access."
The newly announced features include Network.com Internet Access
that enables applications running in Network.com to securely access
external data and services over the Internet. This feature allows
applications running on Sun Grid Compute Utility to access data
irrespective of its location on the Internet. This opens the
possibility for Network.com to offer new services that are mashups of
data and services from multiple sources thereby enabling the developers
to take advantage of the online services and databases in innovative
Customers across a wide range of industries -- from life sciences to
education to manufacturing -- have already started leveraging the new
features of Network.com in their applications. The Solenoidal Tracker
at RHIC (STAR) project at Brookhaven National Laboratory is using the
Network.com to supplement its massive computational needs. "We have
recently ported Starsim, the mainstay simulation application for the
STAR project, to the Solaris 10 OS to take advantage of the new
features of the Network.com computing infrastructure," said Maxim
Potekhin, the simulation leader of the STAR project. "We are
approaching the next frontiers in our studies of the 'perfect liquid'
formed from nuclear matter under extreme conditions, and Network.com is
helping us move our simulation effort forward efficiently and without
additional infrastructure investment. Looking forward, the STAR project
offers a unique opportunity to bridge commercial and non-commercial
grids, making a step towards realization of the Sun Microsystem's
vision of computing power as a utility."
Sun is also announcing the start of a limited Beta program for
developers to try out the new Network.com Job Management Application
Programming Interfaces (APIs). The APIs provide programmatic access for
the most commonly used tasks such as transferring data, applications
and results to and from the Sun Grid Compute Utility. The APIs enable
integration of Network.com into the enterprise datacenter. They allow
for automated offloading of peaks capacity requirements when demand
exceeds available capacity in the enterprise datacenter.
"The availability of APIs is an important milestone in delivering developers with the ability to perform production scale tests right from their development systems" said Mark Herring, director of marketing for Network.com. "It provides developers with the necessary mechanisms to build applications that can truly harness the dynamic compute capacity provided by Network.com."
For more information, visit www.network.com.
Network.com provides access to compute infrastructure on a
pay-per-use basis via its Sun Grid Compute Utility at $1/CPU-hr. It is
powered by the Solaris 10 OS and Sun Grid Engine running on Sun's x64
hardware. CPU-hr is defined as the aggregate time spent across all CPUs
and rounded up to the next hour.
About Sun Microsystems
A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at www.sun.com/.
-----Source: Sun Microsystems Inc.
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