Feeds

McNealy salutes Phil Rosenzweig

Makes emotional tribute to NY staff

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Scott McNealy was overcome with emotion at the launch of his firm's StarCat monster server in New York today, as he saluted the Sun employee killed on Flight 11.

The Sun boss fought back tears as he paid tribute to the bravery of his staff and their determination to keep doing business after the terrorist attack on the city two weeks ago. But when he started talking about Phil Rosenzweig, director of horizontal scaling in the Solaris software organisation, he broke down.

McNealy welled up with tears and exclaimed: "God, I hate my job."

No amount of money could recompense Sun's New York staff for what they'd been through, he said. More than 300 Sun field staff were based at WTC's south tower, but all had escaped. McNealy spoke proudly about their response in the aftermath of the disaster.

He led the audience attending the StarCat launch, the successor to Sun's E10K Unix server, in a round of applause for the Sun staff attending the New York event, and in a moment's silence for Rosenzweig, who'd worked for Sun for 12 years.

Ed Zander, Sun COO and a native New Yorker, was also moved by the event. He said: "It's really, really tough coming here today to do a product announcement. It seems so out of place. I hope you understand if we're a little understated."

The Reg reckons that Sun Microsystems deserves a huge pat on the back for its decision to press ahead with this launch, especially because it was in New York. The last thing NY needs right now is for the business community to shun this great city. ®

Related stories

Remembering Phil Rosenzweig
Sun WTC staff are all alive

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
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.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.