On Friday, the server and software company plugged into its own advanced utility computing services when its IT department began running a handful of enterprise resource planning applications on the Sun Grid, William Vass, the company’s chief information officer, told CNET News.com. The grid will be widely available to customers in September, he said.
Sun Grid, launched in February and being tested with about 100 companies, is a computing service modeled closely on the delivery of electricity and other utilities, such as water and gas.
In the retail grid’s initial phases, Sun is offering processing and storage in a pay-as-you-go arrangement of $1 per CPU (central processing unit) per hour, delivered via an Internet connection. The company has established four data centers to fuel the service.