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Google and Grid Computing - are pieces of the giant puzzle coming together?

One of my previous blogs looked at Sun's attempt to get grid computing off the ground and, for once, the company seems to be on the right track: under promise and over deliver, that is how great firms usually achieve their goals.

Now follow my thoughts. Sun wants everyone to go online and use the web as a medium to create and exchange information. Sun is not concerned about who delivers the web services and what software technology they use, so long as they use Sun's underlying infrastructure to power it.

This brings me neatly to Google. A few weeks ago I blogged about the rumours surrounding the possibility a Google PC. What if Google were to supply a diskless, thin client style computer, leaving Sun to supply the infrastructure?

Sun’s had a failed attempt to get network computers to take off in the 90s but I believe that, with Google and its possible Google cube, Sun has the perfect Trojan horse to release network computers in 2006.

Sun and Google have already been getting increasingly touchy, feely over the past year. Last October, the two companies revealed a strategic alliance and yesterday we learnt, in a blog at Zdnet, that Google has already developed its own internal operating system based on Sun's technology.

And when Google speaks, everyone listens. When analysts learnt that the OpenOffice.org productivity software was also part of the deal between Sun and Google, this sent shockwaves all the way Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. The Office desktop productivity suite is Microsoft's cash cow. Take this out of the equation and Microsoft is likely to suffer tremendously.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.