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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

One response to “Sun Rethinking Its Cloud Strategy?”

  1. Sam Johnston

    Insightful article… the thing is Sun beat Amazon to market with its March 2006 launch of network.com – Amazon EC2’s private beta started in August 2006 but the product wasn’t generally available until October 2008, some 2.5 years after the Sun launch. Unfortunately [for sun] they got the pricing wrong by an order of magnitude ($1/hr rather than 10c/hr) and eventually pulled the service, presumably to revamp it on a more competitive platform (their costs were likely substantially more than Amazon’s 10c/hr).

    I agree that it would be a shame if they pulled out of offering a public cloud service – even if it were (slightly) more expensive and targeting enterprise customers I think they’d do OK, but a lot of that depends on the adoption of VMware by hosters… they may well have lost their first mover advantage.

    Sam