Articles about Sun Microsystems

Sun open sources Java

Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

Vinod Khosla, cofounder of Sun Microsystems and billionaire venture capitalist, has lost his battle for his own private beach after surfers successfully sued him for access. In 2008 Khosla spent $37.5m on a 53-acre property on the San Mateo coast overlooking Martin's Beach, a 200-acre stretch of sand that is much beloved by the …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014

Oracle makes Sun-sized $5bn grab for Micros Systems

Oracle is buying systems maker and consulting shop Micros Systems for $5.3bn to counteract the slowdown in its hardware and software business. The giant Monday confirmed reports it is buying Micros, which builds and delivers integrated systems including point of sale systems for the retail and hospitality sectors. Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Ex-Sun mafioso sleeps with the VCs: Netflix guru quits to help fund startups

Top cloud industry veteran Adrian Cockcroft has left Netflix for venture-capital firm Battery Ventures: he'll now help investors spot companies worthy of a slurp from Battery's $900m trough of valley lucre. Cockcroft announced his move on Tuesday, and we're sure that CEOs and CTOs at cloud-oriented startups around the valley …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Facebook moves into Sun Microsystems carcass

Facebook is moving into the space vacated by Sun Microsystems when it disappeared behind the Oracle Iron Curtain. The social networking giant has also purchased 22 acres just adjacent to the old Sun campus in Menlo Park, California. At a press conference this morning announcing the new headquarters, the company said it would …
Cade Metz, 08 Feb 2011
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Sons of Sun roar 'Freedom!', uncloak server-switch

Cisco's embattled business gained another nimble competitor on Tuesday as startup Pluribus Networks bellowed "Freedom!" and lobbed a Frankenswitch over the networking giant's ramparts. The Frankenswitch – a "Server-Switch", in Pluribus Networks' terminology – is designed to compete with Cisco, Juniper, and Arista switches in …
Jack Clark, 04 Feb 2014

Ex-Sun Micro CTO reveals Greenbytes 'world-beating' dedupe

El Reg has managed to take a peek at an as-yet-unpublished white paper, written by former Sun Microsystems CTO Randall Chalfant, which claims the storage company's deduplication tech has near-zero latency and possibly offers the world's fastest inline deduplication. It works with 4K blocks of data. This is the sequence of events …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013
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Ex-EMC exec to head up SDN switch vendor Plexxi

SDN switch vendor Plexxi has snapped up the former head of EMC's VNX storage array business, Rich Napolitano, as CEO. Founder and board member David Husak remains with the company as EVP of strategy and engineering, and has been working with Napolitano for some time, since the latter has been on the Plexxi board. In the company …
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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

What did Scott McNealy do once Oracle slurped Sun? If one were to be unkind, one could say he became a bagman. And then note that the term has few pejorative connotations in the sport of golf, where it denotes the club-schlepping, advice-giving caddies who accompany top players around the course. 18-year-old Maverick McNealy is …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2014
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All-flash fight looms as SolidFire nabs former Bocada CEO

All-flash array startup SolidFire has recruited Nancy Hurley as product marketing veep, giving it a triumvirate of marketing execs, as competition with the industry's big boys looks set to intensify. Hurley was former CEO at Bocada, a data protection level reporting company, which she left in June 2013, after she and the board …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2014

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Oracle reels in Sun Microsystems with $7.4bn buy

Database giant Oracle has agreed to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4bn, or $9.5 a share, in cash. The surprise move comes in the wake of IBM walking away from a possible buyout of Sun Microsystems for $6.85bn. Oracle said the boards of both the firms had given the transaction the thumbs up. It’s expected to complete this summer …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2009

XML daddy Tim Bray pops his head in the Amazon cloud

XML co-creator Tim Bray has joined Amazon and will be working on Jeff Bezos’ cloud. According to Bray, he’s “back in the full-time engineering trenches” working on AWS. Bray announced the news on his blog. While he didn’t reveal what he’ll be working on down in the AWS engine room, he is something of a language polymath, his …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2014
The Nexus 3548 high freaky trading switch

Sun men bump bellies in Cisco v Arista freaky trade battle

High frequency trading and certain parallel computing tasks need low-latency switches with as little jitter as possible, and they are willing to pay a hefty premium for those qualities. This was one of the founding premises of switch upstart Arista Networks, and Cisco Systems has revved up its Nexus 3000 series switches to try …

Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

A startup building a "data centre operating system" that owes its existence to a former PHD student has landed $36m in funding from some high-tech high rollers. Mesosphere landed the cash in a round led by Khosla Ventures with backing from others including Andreessen Horowitz. This is second shot from Andreessen Horowitz for …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2014

Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

A woman described as a high-priced escort by cops has been charged with the manslaughter of a Google executive found dead in his yacht after a heroin overdose. Alix Catherine Tichelman Mug shot ... Alix Catherine Tichelman Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, was arrested in a sting operation on July 4 in connection with the death …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
Oracle Ellison Sparc T4 launch

Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?

Analysis It is hard to believe that three whole years have passed since software giant Oracle instantly became a systems player by snapping up beleaguered Sun Microsystems for a cool $7.4bn – about $5.6bn net of Sun's cash hoard. No one took El Reg up on our suggestion to start up a Sun clone we called Moon Macrosystems by grabbing all …
HP cloud

HP gulps cloud upstart Eucalyptus, says Helion is all-in for ... OpenStack

HP has acquired open-source hybrid cloud software maker Eucalyptus, in a surprise move to bolster its Helion cloud offerings – but what that means for the Eucalyptus software is anyone's guess. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Reuters report cited an unnamed source who claimed it went down for less than $100m. …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

Updated A JD Edwards technical reference and help site has been forced to close after being sent a cease-and-desist letter from Oracle. The JDEREF.com site's UK-based webmaster recently revealed that a legal representative from Oracle, which acquired JD Edwards' owner PeopleSoft in 2005, sent the cease-and-desist letter requesting the …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

According to Sun Microsystems cofounder and serial entrepreneur Vinod Khosla, 80 per cent of doctors could be replaced by machines – computing devices backed by imense data sets. Speaking at the recent Health Innovation Summit in San Francisco, Khosla referred to today's physicians as "voodoo doctors," noting that "Health care …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2012

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

Arista Networks has gained in its stock market debut, likely causing some employees at networking giant Cisco's competitive intelligence team to put together some slides on what the implications of a wealthy, publicly-listed competitor are for networking incumbents. Arista's stock increased 33 per cent on its debut day to $57 …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Oracle's $5 BEEELLION acquisition zeppelin looms over Micros Systems

Database and software megafirm Oracle is mulling a multi-billion-dollar acquisition of hospitality and retail tech vendor Micros Systems. The two companies are currently in "exclusive talks" about Oracle buying the company for over $5bn, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Such an acquisition would help Oracle combat the slowdown in …
Jack Clark, 17 Jun 2014
Dev Ittycheria

NoSQL startup MongoDB names BladeLogic founder as new CEO

MongoDB has appointed venture capitalist and former entrepreneur Dev Ittycheria as its new chief executive, adding fuel to speculation that the NoSQL database firm may be planning to go public soon. Ittycheria, who most recently served as managing director of Openview Venture Partners, replaces outgoing CEO Max Schireson, who …
Neil McAllister, 05 Aug 2014
Larry Ellison

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER

OpenWorld During his OpenWorld keynote on Sunday, Oracle CEO CTO Larry Ellison took time out from talking up his company's cloud strategy to remind the audience that the database giant is in the hardware business, too – all the way down to the silicon. Many of Oracle's "engineered systems" are powered by Intel processors – and Intel …
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2014
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Oracle melds its 'cloud OS' with OpenStack in Solaris 11.2 release

Former Unix server customers are continuing the march toward Linux and for many there's no looking back, but that hasn't stopped Oracle from continuing development of Solaris Unix – albeit slowly. On Tuesday, the database giant staged an event in New York to announce Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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Oracle kills Sun.com after starvation diet

Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names. An entry on the Oracle's OTN Garage says that sun.com will be decommissioned on June 1. The closure comes after Sun's new owner, Oracle, moved most of the content on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Facebook promotes engineering veep to CTO

Facebook has promoted its engineering veep Mike Schroepfer to the job of chief technology officer. The role had been left vacant since June 2012 when Bret Taylor quit the free content ad network within weeks of the company's public debut on Wall Street to do his own biz thing. Schroepfer now steps into Taylor's shoes, after …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2013
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Big Mike heading for victory as SAM dumps HALF its Dell shares

One of Dell’s biggest shareholders has dumped almost half its holdings in Big Mike’s computer outfit. Southeastern Asset Management is reported to have sold 41 per cent of its Dell stock, reducing the value of its holdings to $949m. Southeastern had held 8.4 per cent of Dell, making it the biggest stockholder apart from Michael …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2013

Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

Oracle's Larry Ellison, one of the world’s richest men and best-paid CEOs in the US, is getting his pay cut by more than half. The database giant's chief executive has been awarded just 3 million stock options by its compensation committee in its annual review process. That’s down from 7 million the year before and every year …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2014
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'A SHARK attacked my ROBOT', gasps ex-Sun exec

A robot from a startup company helmed by a former Sun Microsystems executive was attacked by a shark in the Gulf of Mexico recently, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal has the story, recounting the tale of machine versus elasmobranch as told to it by Bill Vass, late of Sun. Vass is nowadays CEO of Liquid Robotics, a …
Lewis Page, 15 Jun 2011

Tech Data goes for big gun credit man amid accounts probe

Tech Data UK has opted for a big hitter to head up its credit function amid the continued probe into accounting irregularities. Blighty's largest distributor has hauled in former Sun Microsystems global credit manager Kevin Corcoran as director of credit services and after sales management. The second element to the title is …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
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Monty appeals Oracle's Sun merger

The co-founder of MySQL has submitted an appeal against the European competition watchdog’s decision to clear Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, who sold his chunk of the MySQL database to Sun Microsystems in 2008 for $1bn, told various news outlets including The Register on Friday …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010
Larry Ellison

IPO-leery Avaya was hot to flog self to Oracle, but talks 'fizzled' – report

Avaya's owners tried to sell the networking and telecoms provider to Oracle rather than take it public, according to reports. Reuters says that Larry Ellison's biz behemoth held talks with Avaya's private investors in the first half of 2013, but talks "fizzled" in the last few months. Oracle and Avaya both refused to comment. …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks heads toward IPO

Networking startup Arista Networks is filing for an IPO as the scrappy biz tries to wrestle share away from incumbents like Cisco and Juniper. The profitable upstart filed its S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Arista Networks' chairman is Andy Bechtolsheim, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014
Marten Mickos, photo: Andrew Smart of AC Cooper

Can Marten Mickos make 'Linux for the cloud' work for HP?

Hewlett-Packard didn’t just buy cloudy startup Eucalyptus Systems to build its fledgling OpenStack cloud biz, it also bought Marten Mickos, the firm’s Finnish CEO. HP isn’t the first to pay for Mickos' expertise - that was Sun Microsystems, when it acquired his venture previous venture, MySQL AB, for $1bn in 2008. Just who is …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2014
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Sun ditches 'try and buy' program

Sun Microsystems is ending its "try and buy" programme that allowed customers to sample a range of hardware kit for 60-day trials with tech support thrown in for free. The company - which is currently facing a multi-billion dollar takeover from rival database giant, Oracle - didn't explain why it was dropping the radical offer …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2009

'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

A so-called "fangless" activist investor has increased its grip on OpenStack cloud cheerleader Rackspace, with a view to a possible sale. Blue Harbour Group has revealed it now holds a 6.4 per cent stake in the aspiring cloud provider, or 9.1 million shares. The company is reported to have started gobbling up Rackspace shares …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2014

Do NOT adjust your set, viewers: UK server sales are GROWING

There was some welcome respite for hard pressed server box pedlars during Q1 as private and public sector organisations queued up to spend again, bringing to a close several quarters of declining market revenues. The latest numbers from IDC show the UK generated server sales of $420m (£250.7m) in the first quarter of 2014, up …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2014
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IBM 'in talks' to buy Sun Microsystems

IBM has opened acquisition talks with Sun Microsystems, raising the prospect of a massive consolidation of the software, server and storage markets. According to the Wall Street Journal IBM has mooted a price of $6.5bn. Sun is currently capitalised at $3.7bn ($4.97/share), but its share price has persistently fallen since the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2009
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

Analysis What's the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison. So goes the title of Mark Wilson's 2003 biography on Ellison, Oracle's now former chief executive – a man who by force of will forged a multi-billion dollar software empire. In the process, Ellison became not just the best-rewarded CEO on …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Sep 2014
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IBM reloads Sun poaching gun

With the European Union finally giving approval to Oracle's $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems last week, IBM is stepping up efforts to exploit any untapped feelings of uncertainty in shops using Sun iron. On Tuesday, IBM announced the addition of new software to its four-year-old “Migration Factory” vendor poaching program …
Austin Modine, 26 Jan 2010
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

Larry Ellison: Who's the DINOSAUR NOW, cloudy rivals?

There’s more to cloud than putting an ad on the back of The Economist, as a relatively contrite Larry Ellison and Oracle tried to demonstrate this week. His PR people rattled out the product news at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, California, like he, or they, were trying to prove something. What could it be? “ …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014
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Ex-Sun CEO sees rosy future in health

Former Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opted for the hard life of Silicon Valley startup rather than running another Fortune 500 mega corp into the ground. Schwartz has blogged that he is teaming up with an old friend to form something called PictureOfHealth.com, and Schwartz will serve as chief executive …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2010

Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

Microsoft has quietly joined an industry party building 3D interactive graphics boosted by graphics chips, after 14 years spent in opposition. The software giant has left jaws swinging with a decision to join the Khronos Group and knuckle down immediately as member of the WebGL working group. There was no official announcement …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2014
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EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

EMC World 2014 Data storage giant EMC has acquired a stealthy startup named DSSD led by some of the top brains behind the ZFS filesystem. EMC announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the "rack-scale flash storage" company DSSD during a press conference at its EMC World conference in Las Vegas on Monday. DSSD is a stealth-mode …
Jack Clark, 05 May 2014
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Europe clears Oracle Sun for take-off

The European Commission has cleared Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalise important assets and create new and innovative …
John Oates, 21 Jan 2010

Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

The Linux-friendly burghers of Munich are rolling out their own open-source groupware cloud, bucking the trend for going public. The German city has selected Kolab Desktop Client and Kolab web Client for more than 14,000 Linux PCs, surviving Windows PCs and a generation of mobile devices under a four-year project called MigMak, …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2014
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Cisco taps ex-Sun chip guru for servers

In the wake of its corporate restructuring last week, assaulted networking juggernaut and server wannabe Cisco Systems has tapped ex-Sun Microsystems executive David Yen to take over its Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, which is responsible for its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and its Nexus …
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Ellison slams former Sun CEO for blogginess

Blogs are no substitute for smart business strategy, according to new Sun Microsystems owner Larry Ellison. Oracle's billionaire chief executive has laid into Sun's famously blog-tastic former chief executive Jonathan Schwartz, criticizing his management style and accusing him of a catalogue of poor decisions and business …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2010
Kirk and Spock contemplate castles built in the air

HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

Analysis Hewlett-Packard has committed $1bn to OpenStack, a Linux for the cloud, over the next two years. The cash is going on R&D, products, engineering and services, HP said. The company will iron out the kinks in the OpenStack code and make it work and try to sniff out OpenStack clouds on HP hardware out of the box. To grease up the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014
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Oracle cranks Sun Fire servers with Xeon E7s

Oracle is struggling a bit with its hardware business right now as it pares down the Sun server and storage business to be a less complex line with more profits. But don't get confused. The software giant and server maker is very much committed to have x64 gear in its lineup to prop up both Linux and Solaris workloads. …