Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sun Microsystems Unveils Open Cloud Platform

Sun Microsystems unveiled its Open Cloud Platform, the company's open cloud computing infrastructure powered by Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris and Open Storage technologies.

Sun also outlined that a core element of its strategy is to offer public clouds and previewed plans to launch the Sun Cloud, its first public cloud service targeted at developers, student and startups. The company said its goal is to bring openness and interoperability to the cloud computing market. It envisions a world of many clouds -- public and private -- that are open and interoperable.

As part of the company's commitment to building communities, Sun released of a core set of Open APIs announced
partner support and demonstrated features of the Sun Cloud.

At the core of the Sun Cloud will be the first two services - Sun Cloud Storage Service and Sun Cloud Compute Service - which will be available this summer. Customers At the core of the Sun Cloud Compute Service are the Virtual Data Center (VDC) capabilities acquired in Sun's purchase of Q-layer in January 2009, which provide everything an individual or team of developers needs to build and operate a datacenter in the cloud. The VDC provides a unified, integrated interface to stage an application running on any operating system within a cloud, including OpenSolaris, Linux or Windows. It features a drag-and-drop method, in addition to APIs and a command line interface for provisioning compute, storage and networking resources via any Web browser. The Sun Cloud Storage Service supports WebDAV protocols for file access and object store APIs that are compatible with Amazon's S3 APIs.