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Sun Expands Solaris 10 Powered Service to 24 Countries


Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced wider international availability and addition of new features to the Sun Grid Compute Utility available from

In addition to the United States, the $1/CPU-hr, pay-per-use utility offering is now available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Developers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-users from these countries will now have immediate access to’s powerful, on-demand computing infrastructure powered by the "Solaris 10 OS, as well as to the open source and ISV applications published in Application Catalog. Users signing up for a account will get 200 CPU-hrs free for a limited time.

“International availability is an important milestone for A large number of new developers who specialize on building compute intensive applications can now deploy on,” said Aisling MacRunnels, vice-president of Software Marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “ISVs publishing applications in Application Catalog will find their addressable market segments rapidly increasing with the broader international access.”

The newly announced features include Internet Access that enables applications running in to securely access external data and services over the Internet. This feature allows applications running on Sun Grid Compute Utility to access data irrespective of its location on the Internet. This opens the possibility for to offer new services that are mashups of data and services from multiple sources thereby enabling the developers to take advantage of the online services and databases in innovative ways.

Customers across a wide range of industries - from life sciences to education to manufacturing have already started leveraging the new features of in their applications. The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) project at Brookhaven National Laboratory is using the to supplement its massive computational needs. “We have recently ported Starsim, the mainstay simulation application for the STAR project, to the Solaris 10 OS to take advantage of the new features of the computing infrastructure,” said Maxim Potekhin, the simulation leader of the STAR project. “We are approaching the next frontiers in our studies of the ”perfect liquid“ formed from nuclear matter under extreme conditions, and is helping us move our simulation effort forward efficiently and without additional infrastructure investment. Looking forward, the STAR project offers a unique opportunity to bridge commercial and non-commercial grids, making a step towards realization of the Sun Microsystem’s vision of computing power as a utility.”

Sun is also announcing the start of a limited Beta program for developers to try out the new Job Management Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The APIs provide programmatic access for the most commonly used tasks such as transferring data, applications and results to and from the Sun Grid Compute Utility. The APIs enable integration of into the enterprise data center. They allow for automated offloading of peaks capacity requirements when demand exceeds available capacity in the enterprise data center.

“The availability of APIs is an important milestone in delivering developers with the ability to perform production scale tests right from their development systems” said Mark Herring, Director of Marketing for “It provides developers with the necessary mechanisms to build applications that can truly harness the dynamic compute capacity provided by”

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About provides access to compute infrastructure on a pay-per-use basis via its Sun Grid Compute Utility at $1/CPU-hr. It is powered by the Solaris 10 OS and Sun Grid Engine running on Sun’s x64 hardware. CPU-hr is defined as the aggregate time spent across all CPUs and rounded up to the next hour.

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