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Grid Computing - Coming to an RJ45 port near you

A recent presentation by Sun Microsystem's software chief John Loiacono to journalist Tom Foremski, highlighted something unexpected: Sun Microsystems seems to have a coherent, well focused and simple long term business strategy, something that it lacked dreadfully in the past few years.

Sun is now very focused on grid computing. Imagine grid computing as being computing on demand, where companies buy computing power like you would buy everyday utilities like gas, water and electricity.

This is where web services come in. It's no secret that Sun wants to build a strong and robust platform and by giving Solaris and StarOffice to the open source community for free, Sun has gambled on the future success of web services. And of course, there are Sun’s strengthening of ties with two of the leading Internet industry heavyweights, Ebay and Google.

Some of you might remember the time when thin clients or network computers were promised as the answer to the bloatedness of Wintel platform. Well, a similar thing is happening right now, but this time around, Sun Microsystems is less ambitious as the company lacks the firepower to take on Intel and other computer makers on the desktop. Rather, it is looking to forge strategic alliances with other key players in the market, including telco giants and Internet companies like Yahoo! and Google.

If Sun Microsystems succeeds in convincing enterprises to outsource their computer power in return for increased reliability, cheaper price, and improved performance, then the way we understand "networked computing" will be forever changed.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.