Dr. Behrend Freese, CEO of Zimory, shared some of the philosophy behind his company's recent announcement of the Zimory Public Cloud. It's clear to me that Zimory believes that gently introducing companies to the idea that 1) their excess capacity doesn't have to be a drain on the company's budget and 2) it would be easy to access more IT resources when they are needed.
Here's how the company describes what they're doing
Zimory Public Cloud provides companies of all sizes instant, easy and flexible access to external computing power worldwide while also enabling businesses with excess server capacity to offer their resources to businesses around the world.
Zimory Public Cloud for sellers aggregates available server computing capacity from around the world and makes it available through an Internet trading platform. Using Zimory Public Cloud, companies looking for computing resources can buy capacity quickly -- as needed -- without long-term contractual commitment. Zimory handles pricing, contracts, security, virtual machine migration and billing.
There are several issues inhibiting the growth of cloud computing including a lack of accepted international standards, concerns about security, concerns about audit ability, concerns about performance and the fact that many workloads are made up of components that would be difficult to re-host.
It appears that Zimory has thought deeply about these issues and has patents pending on solutions to many of these issues. Some issues, on the other hand, such as automatically re-hosting ill-behaved, badly designed components will require some re-coding.
If your organization is thinking about cloud computing, learning more about what Zimory is doing might be worthwhile.