Feeds

Sun Microsystems ‘bans’ the Internet

Cost-cutting will leave staff offline

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Sun Microsystems has told it employees NOT to use the Internet in an effort to shave a few dollars off its phone bill and thereby make its annual results look a bit better.

The cost-saving measure would be an unusual step for any firm to introduce, but for Sun, whose motto is: "The Network is the Computer", you've got to wonder whether its bean counters have lost the plot. We can't imagine it'd advise its customers to do the same.

In a memo circulated to all Sun staff (and leaked to The Register), its internal IT department said that certain network activities would be "restricted" between June 3 to July 7, the quiet period proceeding the announcement of Sun's annual results.

The memo, which reads like something from the Dilbert cartoon strip, said: "During Quiet Periods, all employees are asked to limit their network-intensive activities to only what is necessary to maintain the business."

Among other things staff were asked to limit Netscape access (Web browsing), FTP file transfers, large email attachments and "other bandwidth-intensive activities".

Staffers reading the message might believe its IT department has been taken over by Microsoft and abandoned this whole distributed computing malarkey, and the fat Sun servers that go with it, in favour of putting a disconnected PC on everybody's desk.

In fact the reason why Sun staffers can't put the com in dot com (or do anything much on the Internet for that matter) is all to do with the money men, who have decided an economy drive is in the only way to put a positive spin on Sun's financials.

The last part of the email implores staff to "do your part to help make sure that Sun can log all possible revenue for the quarter".

Previous cost-cutting measures at Sun have involved plans to 'close' during the week beginning July 1 (also during the quiet period), when non-essential staff will be asked to take leave. We wait news of further money-saving initiatives at Sun with interest... ®

Related Stories

Sun and HP to close
Sun McNealy's pay down 98% this year
Sun freezes jobs, steps up cost cuts
Price wars, budget cuts and Sun results

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.