Articles about Sun Microsystems

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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

This Damn War This Damn War image via Shutterstock I took the plunge and became a freelance IT consultant in 2001. Through an unlikely series of coincidences (former colleague from London goes to travel show in France and bumps into two guys from Yorkshire who are looking for a software and database architect) I ended up in North Yorkshire …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016
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Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock, who died late last year in strange circumstances, killed himself, according to an autopsy report obtained this week. On the evening of December 28, the 42-year-old fired off a string of increasingly incoherent tweets, claiming he had been beaten up by police officers near his home on Green …
Chris Williams, 07 Jul 2016

Does it even make sense to buy a VTL today?

Blog I’ve never been fond of VTLs (virtual tape libraries). I like deduplication but it quickly became a feature and is not a product. And lately we all want more out of backups, don’t we? Data Domain did a great job in building a brilliant deduplication-based appliance in 2001, but that was 2001. And, while it lasted, having the …
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That sinking feeling: Itanic spat's back as HPE Oracle trial resumes

Oracle is back in court, this time fending off a $3bn case brought by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. A week after it lost to Google on Java, Oracle is now resuming its fight with HPE over damages relating to HPE's claims that Oracle back-tracked on a commitment to put its software on HP servers running Intel’s Itanic chips. HPE …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2016

Deloitte coughs up $11m to end claims it ripped off US govt with IT work

Deloitte will pay $11m to settle allegations it overcharged the US government for IT services. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Tuesday it has struck a deal with Deloitte, which was accused of – and we're paraphrasing, here – treating Uncle Sam's General Services Administration (GSA) as a bottomless pit of cash. The …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2016

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered fair use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016

Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

The six-year effort by VC Vinod Khosla to prevent public access to a California beach may be going against the billionaire. In a 3-0 ruling, a San Francisco appeals court reinstated part of a lawsuit brought against the Sun Microsystems co-founder that will now allow lawyers to argue that the land's former owners had granted a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016
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CEO meeting fails to resolve Oracle-versus-Google java case

An epic six-hour meeting between Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz has failed to make a Big Red Java Chocolate Factory, so the two companies will head to court for their retrial. A docket from US magistrate, Judge Paul Grewal, revealed the failed talks, which took place on Friday. The two have …
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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

Apple at 40 Apple is 40 years old. The leader was Steve Jobs, but he's gone and many still don't understand his core idea. The idea was Apple's control over "the user experience". That control is at risk today, and the company's future hangs in the balance as a result under the new leader. How people use things was Jobs' lifelong …
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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

The Oracle v. Google fight over Java took a couple of twists just before the Easter weekend. The database giant now reckons it is owed up to $9.3bn in copyright-infringement damages for Android's use of Java. Meanwhile, the judge in the trial wants to ban Oracle and Google lawyers from scouring jurors' social network profiles …
Chris Williams, 28 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Stick it in your pipeline: Jenkins finally goes full alpha

The first alpha builds of Jenkins 2.0 have been released, setting the open source continuous integration project on track for a Spring release. The project flagged up the new build’s Pipeline as Code functionality, which it said would allow users to define configuration as code, making it “easier to create simple ‘build and …
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2016
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Scale-out storage: Proprietary? Commodity? Or both?

There is no doubting that scale-out storage is now thoroughly achievable. Indeed, scale-out is pretty much the norm for object storage, plus it is now the primary option when it comes to huge volumes of file-based NAS, where scale-out means a highly-scalable file system that supports clustering. It is growing in popularity for …
Bryan Betts, 11 Feb 2016

Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using Java, punk

An Oracle lawyer has blurted out in court how much money Google has made from Android – figures that the web giant has fiercely fought to keep secret. And those numbers are: US$31bn in revenue, and US$22bn in profit, since 2008, when Android was launched. This money comes from Google's cut from sales made via the Google Play …
Chris Williams, 21 Jan 2016
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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

MariaDB has welcomed Michael Howard as its new CEO. MySQL giant Michael "Monty" Widenius has also been appointed as CTO. The appointments have been announced today, alongside a $9m equity financing bundle from Intel Capital and California Technology Ventures, among others. Howard is a Berkeley graduate who has worked at …
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Industry vet Khosla kicks Dell-EMC in the innovation crotch

Comment Billionaire, venture capitalist guru and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla thinks the merged Dell-EMC will result in a rusty innovation pipeline. Unsurprisingly, EMC CTO John Roese says Khosla's all wrong. Khosla passed his judgement during an interview at a Structure Conference in San Francisco last month. The $67bn …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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EFF wants Cisco in front of a judge over tech for China's 'Great Firewall'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hoping to help re-start a lawsuit against Cisco over whether or not it provided technology China's government used to facilitate human rights abuses. The row over China's "Golden Shield" (aka the Great Firewall) has gone on practically forever, with Amnesty accusing Cisco of …

Finding NEMEA: NetApp loses northern Europe chief

NetApp in Europe has seen the resignation of its northern region head, Dave Allen. The company confirmed Allen's departure, saying: "Dave Allen has decided to leave NetApp. We wish Dave Allen success in his new ventures, and thank him for his contributions. In the interim, Gos Hein van de Wouw, VP and head of Strategy and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016
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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

Comment While you were starting to think Christmas thoughts in November, Google quietly slipped out a pre-seasonal gift of its own: OpenJDK for Android N – the next edition of its smartphone operating system. Christmas is a time of surprises and Google's quiet move lived up to that spirit, because it was a profound change to its …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2016

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

Debian GNU/Linux founder Ian Murdock has died. He was 42. Murdock is best known for launching the open-source distro in 1993. Just last month, he joined the technology startup Docker in San Francisco. Debian guru ... Ian Murdock On Monday afternoon, he posted a string of distressing and erratic tweets, revealing he had …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2015
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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

Google is lining up OpenJDK – an open-source implementation of the Java platform – for future Android builds. Up until now, the mobile operating system has used a Java class library derived from the Apache Harmony project. Harmony was developed from 2005 by the Apache Software Foundation as a free implementation of Java, with …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2015
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Debian daddy Murdock joins the unstoppable Docker crusade

Debian daddy Ian Murdock has joined Linux container shop Docker. Murdock, who founded Debian in 1993 and led the project for three years during its birth, has taken up position as a member of Docker’s technical staff. Details of Murdock’s role or responsibilities were not available at time of writing. Docker, though, has a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2015

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2015
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Empires of the mind: Oracle digs deep on cloud

Larry Ellison laughed off the cloud seven years ago. If anything, cloud meant nothing more than taking out a new full-page ad on the back of The Economist. Nothing would change for Oracle, he laughed. Nothing. Well, it’s changing now, with Oracle’s people digging fast to extract their firm from the hole their captain's hubris …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2015
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Modularity for all! The data centres you actually want to build

Portability and modularity in the world of data centres aren’t new: for years, they’ve been something unique to the military and others operating in either temporary or hostile environments. You put your data center gear in a ruggedised and self-supporting unit of some kind and walk away, managing it remotely. Increasingly, …
Tom Baines, 14 Oct 2015

Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

EMC/Dell deal Dell has confirmed it is buying storage giant and virtualisation player EMC in a deal valued at $67bn, as we reported earlier today. Privately-owned Dell is scooping up the publicly listed EMC in the industry’s biggest ever tech buyout. The buyout breaks the record established by the $25bn Hewlett-Packard-Compaq deal in 2001 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2015
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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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Peaxy offers a vision of the future – and it’s a silo-melding data lake

Data management and storing startup Peaxy aims to provide a Big Data analytics tool that locates and gives you access to data where ever it is. Well, okay, that all seems a bit of a yawn. We’ve all experienced file virtualisation software, that moves files around storage locations leaving stubs behind. Did someone mention …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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MariaDB bakes native encryption into 10.1RC - with some Google loving

MariaDB is beefing up security with the latest upgrade of the open source database, MariaDB 10.1, courtesy of encryption technology donated by Google. The upgrade can be downloaded today as a release candidate and general availability is slated for October. By migrating to 10.1, current MariaDB and MySQL users can natively and …
Drew Cullen, 16 Sep 2015

Fruity Firefox: Mozilla caves to Apple, unveils iOS-friendly browser

Two years after dramatically challenging Apple to open up iOS for its browser, Mozilla has slipped out a fruity-friendly Firefox. It was briefly serving ex-Moz chief Gary Kovacs who in April 2013 said there’d be no Firefox for iPhones and iPads unless Apple relented on its WebKit-first policy. “iOS has a policy, generally …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2015
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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

A prominent LibreOffice user has called for the Apache Foundation to retire OpenOffice. Christian Schaller, a Red Hat Software Engineering Manager and GNOME developer, wrote an open letter to Apache saying that “the OpenOffice project is all but dead upstream since IBM pulled their developers off the project almost a year ago …
Tim Anderson, 19 Aug 2015
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NetApp decreasing in mass as top exec exits for Catholic Uni role

NetApp’s SVP for Americas Sales and its president of US public sector sales, Mark Weber, has left the company, taking up a position at the Washington-based Catholic University of America, a higher education institution founded by the US bishops. Thomas Stanley, currently SVP for Global Partner Sales and Alliances has stepped …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2015
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I, for one, welcome the rise of the Infrastructure Endgame Machines

The end of IT as we know it is upon us. Decades of hype, incremental evolution and bitter disappointment are about to come to an end as the provisioning of IT infrastructure is finally commoditised. By the end of the decade, the majority of new IT purchases will be converged infrastructure solutions that I only semi-jokingly …
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 2015
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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court. Reuters reports that US District Judge William Alsup, who has been …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass. The company named Silicon Valley cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh as its CTO for platforms and solutions on Monday. His appointment comes as CTO and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015
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We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

The OpenStack Foundation’s executive director has defended the community project’s growing corporatisation following criticism from a former colleague and lead pioneer. Jonathan Bryce told The Reg big companies are critical to the success of OpenStack as they bring vital resources lacking at startups and among individuals. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2015
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MariaDB seeks home-grown CEO for Oracle bout

Exclusive MariaDB is going after Oracle in its own back yard with plans for a fresh CEO drawn locally in order to tap funding from A-lister venture capitalists. Patrik Sallner is stepping down as MariaDB Corp’s chief executive for a new job, with the firm’s management now interviewing replacements, The Reg has learned. There are a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2015
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Systemax Euro CEO Dale is OUT: Misco man gone by month's end

Systemax EMEA chief exec Pim Dale, the man who once dreamed of fashioning the biggest tech reseller in the region, is out following a run of negative results that were criticised by his bosses. The NYSE-listed outfit, which trades as Misco in Europe, told staff in the UK offices yesterday about his departure, and that outgoing …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2015
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IBM lobs 3,500 staffers at Apache Spark

IBM has thrown its full weight behind Spark, Apache’s open-source cluster computing framework. Spark will form the basis of all of Big Blue's analytics and commerce platforms and its Watson Health Cloud. The framework will also be sold as a service on its Bluemix cloud. IBM will commit more than 3,500 of its researchers and …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Brace yourselves: Facebook plans MORE PHP jiggery pokery

Facebook isn’t done fiddling with PHP – far from it. Team Zuckerberg are cooking up fresh changes to streamline further this veteran server horse for mobile, set to be released under open source. It’s the latest chapter in a rebooted community source strategy that’s chalked up Hip Hop, which then evolved to became Hip Hop …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2015
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Ex-NASA OpenStack pioneer Nebula sucked into black hole

Nebula, one of the earliest OpenStack-based cloud computing startups, has closed its doors, effective immediately. "We are incredibly proud of the role we had in establishing Nebula as the leading enterprise cloud computing platform," the company wrote in a notice on its homepage on Wednesday. "At the same time, we are deeply …
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2015
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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK – Oracle's open source …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
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Former Misco exec rocks up at Tech Data

Vendor vet Gary Withington has landed at distribuor Tech Data months after he was let go by tin peddler Misco as part of a cost purge. The man spent the best part of two decades at Sun Microsystems and Dell in various roles before rocking up as Misco UK MD, a job that lasted for two and a half years until October ’14. He was …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2015
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FlashRay founder Pawlowski flees NetApp

Brian Pawlowski, the founding and lead tech head for NetApp’s wannabee high-flying FlashRay all-flash array, has left the company after a 20-year stint, and become a VP in a new venture. Beepy, as he is known, was an SVP and member of NetApp’s technical staff, and NetApp’s chief technology officer from August 2006 to May 2012 …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight. Although Sun …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm. Oracle's gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015