on SGI's new linux-based Cyclone HPC cloud offering.
"Try it, then rent it or buy it. That's the new mantra from supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics this morning as it launches its own supercomputing on demand offering, dubbed Cyclone.
If cloud computing means virtualized server instances, then technically speaking - as if SGI could speak any other way - the Cyclone service is not a cloud. But if cloud means buying server and storage capacity on demand to run preloaded applications or homegrown ones and only paying for what you use - what some of us still call utility computing - then Cyclone is a cloud.
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