Sun Microsystems’ utility computing operation is being turned into a separate cloud business unit lead by Sun’s chief sustainability officer Dave Douglas.
The Reg has learned Douglas will run Network.com, which provides hosted applications, servers and storage charged on a per-use basis, and will report directly to Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz. Network.com had been run inside Sun’s software business, under executive vice president Rich Green.
What I found more interesting, however, was the speculation on the success of Network.com
From difficult beginnings, Sun’s service has attracted 13 “publicly referencable” customers, although Sun has proved reticent in providing actual numbers….
A Sun spokesperson said there are “many business customers as well as individual user accounts for Network.com who are not publicly referencable,” adding Sun does not disclose these numbers.
If that’s true, Sun has changed its policy, as utility computing users had to agree to be named in marketing programs as part of their contract with Sun in 2005.