Sun Microsystems President Jonathan Schwartz let slip at Web 2.0 this morning (no doubt on purpose) that soon, Sun plans to start selling computing power at "retail," over the Web by the buck--payable via eBay's PayPal. That sounds like an expansion of its $1-a-CPU-hour "compute utility." Only problem, he says: The government wants to consider anything more than one CPU-hour worth of computing power a weapon. Not many more details provided, but Schwartz said he thinks there's a "long tail" of small users of utility computing power that will be far more profitable than the traditional model of customizing hardware and software for big customers.
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