The Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easy and affordable:
- $0.15 per GB-Month of storage used.
- $0.20 per GB of data transferred (cheap bandwidth makes this possible)
Sun Microsystems offers Utility Computing @ network.com for $1/CPU-hr.
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easy and affordabe at $0.10/instance-hour! It is in limited beta but already popular.
Google has many assets and APIs related to utility computing. All kind of data can be stored in Google Base. Their web-scale distributed computing platform is well known. This paper on the Google Filesystem gives us a peek into the future of Web applications and platforms.
Who will build the next YouTube on these utility computing platforms?