Sun Gives Away Grid

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-03-07 Print this article Print

Time"> McNealy also discussed other Sun efforts to collaborate with educators through programs such as STAR (Sun Technology and Academic Resource). Sun gives away about $8 million in hardware annually, he said. In addition, Sun is awarding 10 institutions the Sun Grid Education Grant for 100,000 hours of CPU time on the Sun grid. "Were donating one million CPU hours to academia," McNealy said. "Princeton has used 20,000 hours of their 100,000."
Dave Lambert, CIO at Georgetown University in Washington, joined McNealy onstage and said, of the big IT issues, "the one foremost in my mind is dealing with the explosion of enterprise applications" that are part of daily life at a major university.
Lambert said Georgetown standardized on Suns software and systems because of Suns "commitment to openness and collaboration." McNealy entitled his talk "Delivering the Participation Age" and said, "Everyone and everything is participating on the network, and thats a good thing … Our cause is to eliminate the digital divide." Linspire pitches to the vertical education market. Read more here. McNealy said despite the fact that more than 3 million people a week are getting on the Internet, by 2007 that would still mean that "three out of every four people will not be on the Net." However, McNealy said he believes Sun has "some interesting technologies and strategies around open source" that can help bridge the digital divide. One such strategy is Suns support for the education community, which McNealy called "one of the most important communities we have." McNealy said Suns integrated software platform, JES (Java Enterprise System), has more than 1.1 million subscribers, and 40 percent of major universities use JES. "It all works together, no assembly required, no IBM Global Services necessary." McNealy did a parody of a college yearbook where he identified Sun products under different headings. Under "Most Likely to Change the World" he listed the Sun Grid offering of grid services for $1 per CPU hour. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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