Sun Cloud DOA?

Posted on September 10, 2009

Is it just me or is Sun Cloud giving you Solaris/Linux/X86 flashbacks? At JavaOne they sounded entirely committed... but they've missed the deployment projections and the whole subject is very suspiciously quiet. As a Joyent employee I was frankly looking forward to the competition, because I think we could offer a better cloud using Sun resources than Sun can... but perhaps its not to be. I get the distinct feeling that it was all an ...

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US DoJ Approves Sun/Oracle Deal

Posted on August 23, 2009

Oracle reported that U.S. Department of Justice Approves Oracle Acquisition of Sun. This leaves the final hurdle to be blessing from the European Commission.

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What now… Facing the Post-Sun Era

Posted on April 23, 2009

The initial shock of the Oracle deal is starting to fade. Without doubt there will be lingering regret, sadness, and quite rightly anger, for years to come. Some have referred to Sun as being as much a religion as a company, and for some of us that perhaps more true that we wish to admit. In that light, placations like "its business, not personal" is little consolation. We've lost something and an era has past into history, much like DEC, ...

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Jonathan Speaks…

Posted on April 22, 2009

Jonathan sent a email to the company, the WSJ has reposted it here: Sun’s Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email. The following amazes me... We’ve never walked away from the wholesale reinvention of business models, the redefinition of technology boundaries or the pursuit of new routes to market. Apparently there is no time like the present in which to start. Going on... We’ve never walked away from a challenge - ...

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Sun Microsystems: R.I.P.

Posted on April 20, 2009

Sun's board has achieved its goal of whoring the company. The odd thing about it is that rather than selling to a hardware business such as IBM or HP or Dell or even Cisco, out of the blue came Oracle to seal the deal. So, if you haven't yet heard the news: "Sun and Oracle today announced a definitive agreement for Oracle to acquire Sun for $9.50 per share in cash. The Sun Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction. It is ...

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IBM/Sun Deal Dead

Posted on April 6, 2009

Ashlee Vance and Steve Lohr at the New York Times reported that I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems: "On Sunday, I.B.M.’s board decided to withdraw the offer." Read the article for (sketchy) details. Is this good or bad? For those of us who didn't think the acquisition was in the best interest of Sun's products and communities its positive, but regardless the article rightly quotes: “Sun is now sort of damaged ...

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2008 Year in Review

Posted on December 30, 2008

Here it is, big post 1,000. I'm fairly proud of that given that the vast bulk of all my blog entries are technical and not just brainless linkdumps. There is still a lot to blog about and I've still written a great many entries that ended with "more to come...", never the less its a good milestone. Looking back at 2008, we've had a very good a productive year in OpenSolaris land. COMSTAR arrived, Crossbow arrived, ZFS is getting ...

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Today we got a press release no one wanted to see: Sun Microsystems Aligns Business with Global Economic Climate and Amplifies Growth Opportunities Across Open Source Platforms... how much more rosey you can make it sound, I don't know. As a result, the stock traded higher today, by 1% at close, but the stock took a beating in after-hours trading and struggled to stay above $4 in early trading. So lets break it down, for better or ...

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Fishworks Launches in Las Vegas

Posted on November 13, 2008

I was honored to be part of the historic FISHworks, now combined with the "Amber Road" hardware to become officially known as Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems. At the last minute on Friday, Sun PR apparently needed an extra customer walk-on and my friend Jason William's from Digitar put in a good word for me... Monday morning I was in Vagas. If you didn't see the launch, have a look here. My walk on is 6 minutes into Chapter ...

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Sun Storage Web Event Launch Nov 10th

Posted on November 7, 2008

I always hate it when events sneak up on me, especially interesting storage events... so mark you calender for a live webcast and chat on Monday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. PT. You'll recall that Jonathan ominously mentioned in his blog recently: "You'll be hearing more about Open Storage at a launch event we're holding on November 10th." So if you read that but weren't sure what it was, this is the event. I'm sure it'll be plastered all over ...

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