One immediately wonders if NAP is well-designed for RESTful applications… :-)

Looks like Bob Pasker has resurfaced happily after Kenamea:

Although J2EE has become the defacto standard for business application development, companies still face issues with reliability, predictability, and compute power…Azul has created a groundbreaking new class of compute infrastructure. Network attached processing seamlessly delivers on the dream of mainframe-class capabilities at new world economics.” — Bob Pasker
Co-Founder; Chief Architect – WebLogic; Java Luminary

Azul Systems: Products & Solutions

The key to network attached processing is Azul virtual machine proxy technology. This patent-pending technology, initially targeted at Java and J2EE platform-based applications, transparently redirects application workload to the compute pool. No changes are required to applications, or the existing infrastructure configuration. The Azul technology works with J2EE platform products including BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere application servers. Compute pool appliances are simply connected to the network and Azul software is installed on the application hosts. Suddenly every application has access to a virtually unlimited set of compute resources.

Each compute pool consists of two or more redundant compute appliances—devices designed solely to run massive amounts of virtual machine-based workloads. Each appliance has up to 384 coherent processor cores and 256 gigabytes of memory packed in a purpose-built design that delivers the benefits of symmetric multiprocessing with tremendous economic benefits. The massive SMP capacity of these appliances enables applications to dynamically scale, responding to varying workload and spikes without the pain of having to reconfigure or provision application tier servers. The targeted design provides small unit size, high rack density, low environmental costs, and simple administration.