Utility computing centre closes

TheRegister reports that HP has killed its “utility computing experiment”. Was this doomed to fail or was it ahead of its time?

I always believed that “Grid computing” was more about hype, politics, and marketing rather than technology. Here at Newcastle we’d like to think “Grid computing” as an application of the distributed computing ideas at large-scale. We like to talk in terms of Internet-scale computing using existing infrastructures and technologies.

So, will the hyped “Grid” have the same fate as HP‘s attempt to commercialise utility computing? Only time will tell.

I am interested in people’s views on this.

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