Pay for computing like you pay for Gas

From Cnet: Hewlett-Packard announced several new hardware and software products Thursday that expand the utility computing idea for servers and extend the technology to printers and PCs.
In one change, HP Unix server customers now can set their machines to add or remove processors automatically to respond to changing demands, paying as they go for the power they use. In another, Unix customers using midrange models of HP’s new Integrity line of Itanium-based servers will be able to use this pay-per-use method, beginning in January. (full story)

My spin: This “utility computing” buzz is interesting. Exactly how viable it is for smaller businesses, I’m not sure, but it’s worth a look.