who joined Sun in 2003, is leaving the company, sources familiar with the situation said. And Stuart Wells, the executive vice president for utility computing who joined in 1988, is losing his position leading the Sun Grid project, though it's not yet clear whether he's leaving Sun altogether, sources said.
Sun is revamping Sun Grid, which has attracted more hype than paying customers. Sun is moving the grid away from its current incarnation as a stand-alone service, the sources said. Instead, it's becoming a facet of the operations of existing hardware and software business units.
The hardware and software groups will have responsibility for bringing Sun Grid to market, and the long-term hope is the move will make it easier for customers to seamlessly link to it, the sources said.
Sun declined to comment for this story.
The changes aren't the first since. Schwartz named in May. And shortly before that, when Schwartz still was president and chief operating officer, Sun promoted .
The company touts the Sun Grid project as evidence of its ability to divine where the computing industry is going. Sun executives argue that it's better tothan to assemble and run the technology on their own. The rental price for the Sun Grid service is $1 an hour per processor, so running a financial simulation that takes a day on 100 dual-processor computers would cost $4,800, for example.
Butfor the Santa Clara, Calif.-based server and software company. The company but didn't launch it fully until more than .
Sun has announced a handful of partners and customers for Sun Grid. Chipmaker and Sun supplier Advanced Micro Devices signed up last week to use computing power when its internal grid system can't keep up with demand.