may not be making a lot of money these days, but it is not afraid to
keep investing in areas that it deems important. And the company
considers cloud computing very important to its future.
The struggling IT giant, whose stock has been mired in single digits
since August 2008, revealed Jan. 7 that it has acquired Q-layer, a
small cloud computing software provider that automates the deployment
and management of both public and private clouds. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed.
Q-layer, based in Belgium, will become part of Sun's Cloud Computing
business unit under Senior Vice President David Douglas. Q-layer
develops and integrates cloud computing technologies, architectures and
Mainstream cloud computing—otherwise known as utility/grid/on-demand
computing—serves up processing power, data storage or applications from
one data center location over a grid to thousands or millions of users
on a publicly available subscription basis.
Private cloud computing is a different take on the mainstream version,
in that smaller cloudlike IT systems within a firewall offer similar
services, but to a closed internal network. This private, generally
more controllable network may include corporate or division offices,
other companies that are also business partners, raw-material
suppliers, resellers, production-chain entities and other organizations
intimately connected with a corporate mothership.
Q-layer's technology simplifies the management of cloud software and
allows users to quickly provision and deploy applications, a key
component in Sun's strategy to enable building public and private
As more mission-critical business services emanate from online
subscription service providers, automation will become more strategic
in the control of these complicated processes.
Q-layer software supports instant provisioning of services such as
servers, storage, bandwidth and applications, enabling users to scale
their own environments to meet their specific requirements.
"Sun's open, network-centric approach coupled with optimized systems,
software and services provides the critical building blocks for private
and public cloud offerings," Douglas said. "Q-layer's technology and
expertise will enhance Sun's offerings, simplifying cloud management
and speeding application deployment."
Sun wants to become Cloud Central
Sun told journalists and analysts last month that its new cloud computing office is open for business
and that, based on 26 years of network computing expertise, it can
coordinate software, hardware and services from various sections of the
company to put together enterprise cloud computing infrastructures.
Sun fully intends to carve out for itself a good portion of the $42
billion worldwide market for cloud computing construction that is
projected for 2012. At the moment, IDC reports, the cloud computing
infrastructure market is at $16 billion and rising, and the competition
for those dollars is ratcheting up.
source : http://www.eweek.com/