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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
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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El Reg has managed to take a peek at an as-yet-unpublished white paper, written by former Sun Microsystems CTO Randall Chalfant, which claims the storage company's deduplication tech has near-zero latency and possibly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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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

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 smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

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

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 …
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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
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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
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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

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

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
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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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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
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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
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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

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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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
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EMC pinches top Oracle engineer and Microsoft bod for Isilon

EMC's scale-out filer shipper Isilon is scaling up its organisation; Oracle's top storage SVP, Phil Bullinger, is moving from the Redwood Shores-headquartered firm to EMC subsidiary Isilon, and a Microsoftie is coming aboard as Isilon's COO. Bullinger is joining EMC's Isilon unit as its senior veep for engineering and operations …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum

A new curriculum for information technology courses taught at Australia's colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, Polytechnic for UK readers, community college in the USA) has been released. “ICA 11 2.0” emerged yesterday and describes dozens of different qualifications and hundreds of subjects taught at TAFE. The …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
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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

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software. The company released version 4 of its technology on Tuesday with ambitions to become the main tool enterprises use to provision, manage, snapshot and administer multiple …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 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
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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
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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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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
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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. …
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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
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Oracle revenues miss expectations – AGAIN

Oracle posted lower than expected revenue for the first quarter of its 2014 financial year, making it the third consecutive quarter that the database giant has missed analyst expectations. Oracle announced revenues of $8.38bn and earnings per share of 59 cents on Wednesday, compared to the $8.48bn and EPS of 56 cents that the …
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013
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Top-level execs get itchy feet at privately owned Dell

The game of musical exec chairs has started at privately owned Dell, with board-level bigwig Steve Felice exiting for pastures new and big changes happening across the channel organisation. The Texan PC baron confirmed that long-serving president and COO Felice is off to lead a new company, Filtration Group to be exact, a …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013
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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
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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Business strategy at Sun Microsystems became a joke long before even the prospect of a mercy acquisition by Oracle was in the air. If I’d heard one Sun executive try to convince me that hardware-dominated Sun was going to become a successful software and services player, I’d heard them all say it. Tired of hearing the same old …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2013
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How much mazuma does it take to not be Oracle?

NewSQL database slinger Clustrix has taken on $10m in funding to help fund a shift away from expensive hardware appliances and towards commodity hardware. The Series D funding was announced on Monday, and will see the company take on filthy Valley lucre to help it take advantage of the shift to low-end servers that has occurred …
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013

GreenBytes guts its arrays, turns self into chompable doughnut

Once upon a time there were two suppliers with VDI-focussed storage arrays: GreenBytes,with an all-flash array; and Tintri, with a hybrid flash/disk array technology. Now GreenBytes has become a software-only business. Why? The reasoning, outlined by GreenBytes' CEO and chairman Stephen O'Donnell, is that over time mid-market …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2013
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Sun shareholders act to block Oracle deal

Larry Ellison might be expressing his love for Sun Microsystems' Sparc, but there's no guarantee the architecture will actually finish up in his arms. A group of Sun shareholders have gone to court in an attempt to block the Oracle chief executive's proposed $5.6bn acquisition of the company. Shareholders have filed three …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2009
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Ex-Sun man Bray takes on paranoid Android role at Google

XML co-inventor and languages expert Tim Bray has taken a job at Google just a month after he left Sun Microsystems Oracle. "As of this morning I work for Google. The title is 'Developer Advocate'. The focus is Android. Fun is expected," he wrote in a blog post titled "Now A No-Evil Zone". Bray, who is among a growing list of …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2010
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Monty looks to Russia, China to stop Oracle's Sun buyout

The co-founder of MySQL is hoping to convince Chinese and Russian regulators to halt Oracle’s planned buyout of Sun Microsystems, after grumbling that European watchdogs looked set to clear the takeover. The EC has set a deadline of 27 January to declare its position on the $7bn acquisition, which Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius has …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2010
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Ex-Sun boss punts Apple-Microsoft-world 'tried to sue me' missive

Former Sun Microsystems boss Jonathan Schwartz has claimed that Apple chief Steve Jobs threatened to sue the server and software maker in 2003. The erstwhile Sun CEO said on his 'What I Couldn't Say' blog yesterday that he felt for Google, whose HTC Android partner is currently embroiled in a legal handsets-at-dawn spat with …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2010
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Survey: FOSS biz fans aching for 'enterprise-class' support

The absence of enterprise-grade support for free and open-source software (FOSS) is the single biggest pain point for business customers who are using it. That’s according to a survey by data-centre automation company Univa, which found 64 per cent of respondents were prepared to pay for supported open-source software. The …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

Leo Apotheker has joined a long line of Silicon Valley CEOs who have struggled to stop their hardware-centric tech companies slipping into the dustbin of history. Hewlett-Packard's chief executive has unveiled an audacious plan to turn his company from the planet's single biggest maker of PCs into, er, a software company. To …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2011
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Oracle, Sun set to light FlashFire

It looks like Sun Microsystems and its soon-to-be owner, Oracle, are not going to wait until October 14 to talk up a combined Sun server and storage product paired with the Oracle relational database, a device all tuned up for online transaction processing. As El Reg reported two weeks ago, Oracle was fixing to demonstrate its …
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IBM raids Oracle-Sun hardware channel

IBM has been chasing customers using Sun Microsystems' Sparc-based servers for more than a decade. Now that Sun is part of the much-stronger Oracle collective, Big Blue is trying a different tactic - going after the channel partners who distribute Sun systems. To get Sun Oracle resellers interested in switching to peddling …
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Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?

The disk drive vendors have been utterly screwed by mismanaging the disruptive force of solid state drives: that's the view of Mike Shapiro - lately a storage bigshot at Sun and Oracle. Mike Shapiro was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer, CTO, and VP of Storage for Sun and then Oracle. He is most recently a founder at a …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years. The phrase "the sound of two garbage trucks …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013
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Sun shareholders approve Oracle deal

The shareholders that actually own Sun Microsystems - as opposed to the people who used to run it and behaved as if they owned it - approved of the $5.6bn takeover of Sun by software powerhouse and server and storage (not)wannabe Oracle. According to a terse statement from Sun - and the last thing Sun will say as an independent …
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Open source boss quits Sun Oracle

Sun Microsystems' veteran Simon Phipps quit his chief open source officer post at the Oracle-owned company yesterday. Phipps, who had worked at Sun for nearly a decade, confirmed his decision to walk in a blog post on Monday. His resignation marks the latest in a long line of big guns at Sun who have left the firm following …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2010
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Ex-Sun man hails Java renaissance under Ellison

Java is entering a renaissance following a period of darkness under Sun Microsystems, according to Oracle and computing giant IBM. Mark Reinhold, chief architect of Oracle's Java platform group and one of Sun's former principal engineers, reckons that with Oracle's acquisition of the slowly fading Sun, things are looking …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2011
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Sun's cloud and gaming execs leave Oracle

Oracle's chief Larry Ellison recently promised he'll be hiring more staff than he'll be letting go from Sun Microsystems. But he is letting Sun staff go, and now that the Sunacle deal has closed, it's becoming clear just where Oracle's priorities lie. Among the departed is chief technology officer for Sun's relatively new cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2010