Searching For Computing's Kilowatt

from the fake-units-of-measurement dept

As the slow move towards “utility computing” (wait, wasn’t that just called “grid computing”, and before that “distributed computing”?) moves forward, it appears the big three players in the space (IBM, HP and Sun) really are looking at themselves as the next generation of utility companies. In fact, they’re all trying to come up with the single unit of measurement on which to price utility computing. HP is calling it the “computon”, though, they have no idea what it entails. IBM has the “service unit”, which is a mixture of processing power and memory. Sun has the “Sun Power Unit”, which also measure processing power and storage capacity. While the units may be named, it sounds like they’re far from set in stone as to how to calculate it or charge for it.

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