Feeds

Juniper acquires Sun's chip chief with one Yen

Routers prepare for delays

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Sun Microsystems' long-time chip chief David Yen has left the building for an undisclosed role at Juniper Networks.

Yen most recently served as the EVP in charge of Sun Microelectronics. In the past, he has been responsible for Sun's storage division, UltraSPARC-based servers and microprocessor efforts. Sun has tapped Technology Fellow Mike Splain as the new head of the Microelectronics group.

Juniper refused to tell us what role Yen will hold, saying that it will disclose this information on April 7. Apparently, Yen's departure from Sun is not official until April 4.

Yen enjoyed a distinguished, almost 20-year career at Sun, leading the company's silicon battles against the likes of Intel, IBM and HP. Recently, however, his track record has been so-so.

Sun, for example, was forced to cancel or delay a number of UltraSPARC projects over the past few years. In addition, Yen failed to improve Sun's fortunes in the storage game during his time as head of the division.

We were once told that Yen threatened to leave Sun a couple of years back only to have the company's top brass offer him a lucrative "feel better" package. McNealy and Co. feared losing the man who knew where all the UltraSPARC bodies were buried and the inner-workings of such a complex business.

[Update: Yen denies that the above ever took place. You'll find his rebuttal in the comments section.]

It's intriguing to postulate about what Juniper might be up to with Yen. Juniper seems to be on an expansion kick, having entered the Ethernet switch game in Jan. Yen could work on networking silicon or perhaps some efforts around new types of hardware. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
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?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.