December 10, 2004

Utility computing: More hype than substance?

Author: Ian Palmer

Although some of her clients have asked about utility computing, Lena West, founder and CEO of xynoMedia Technology in Yonkers, N.Y., said they usually come to their senses after conducting full assessments of their infrastructures.

Utility computing facilitates as-needed use of computing resources and technology, thereby enabling businesses to effectively handle fluctuating requirements. However, cautioned West, what looks good on paper might not look good in reality.

"Utility computing looks great on paper," she said. "But once you try implementing it with existing infrastructure, it will be a lot harder to do than one thought at the outset. Everybody wants to pay less for scalability.But the question should be asked: 'What do you have to do to get there?' "

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