Sun wants to get behind the cloud

Computer maker Sun Microsystems is preparing to take on Web retailer in the market for cloud computing services, reports Reuters.

The Sun Cloud's services will be available this summer and will lease the use of servers and data storage space to developers who can access those resources via the Web. It will initially be targeted at students, computer programmers and start-ups that cannot afford to buy their own servers and storage equipment.

Amazon launched its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service three years ago.

Sun plans to show the new services at a developers' conference in New York today.