Sun's iPod moments

Summary:Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.' He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day.

Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.'

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He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day. So, maybe it's not Oracle, as Dana Gardner suggested, or Google as David Berlind suggested, that comes up with the networked computer. This leads me to believe that at some point Dell will have to get some infrastructure if it wants to participate in the networked computing era, when one option is a virtual PC for free, and you pay $1 a day for the service. Maybe that's not the kind of business Dell wants to have, as long as it can keep supplying the infrastructure providers with servers. How about Dell and AOL? Sun and Dell? Dell and Yahoo? Dell and HP (been there, done that)? Dell and Google (don't think so, Google has its own server chop shop).

Regarding Sun's six iPod moments, at least the focus is clear. Now it's all about executing...

Topics: Dell

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