Sun Microsystems

  • Scott McNealy On Startups, the Enterprise and Open Source

    Scott McNealy: The World Lacks A Major Corporate Sponsor For Open Source

    I sat down with Scott McNealy today after he spoke on a panel here at TUCON, the Tibco annual conference here in Las Vegas. McNealy covers a lot of topics. He discussed his new startup WayIn that provides a corporate social media experience. He jokingly says Larry (Ellison) never calls, referring to Oracle, which acquired Sun Microsystems, the company he co-founded. Read More

  • LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org: One Year After the Schism

    LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org: One Year After the Schism

    When I first started using Linux, way back in the last century, one of the biggest challenges was the lack of a decent productivity suite of the sort to which every Windows user is accustomed. The only real option was StarOffice, which worked but was unbearably slow to load and cumbersome to use. Sun Microsystems bought StarDivision, the makers of StarOffice, in 1999 and released the source… Read More

  • Yawn: How Did Big Tech Companies Turn into Big Boring Banks?

    Yawn: How Did Big Tech Companies Turn into Big Boring Banks?

    If you are reading TechCrunch you probably already realize this fact: Flavor-of-the-month consumer Internet companies have a way of hogging the spotlight. If you didn’t, we conveniently published some evidence of it yesterday. But that reality predates us by at least a decade. In 1999 when the world talked about Silicon Valley, they usually meant sexy dot coms. In 2005 when people… Read More

  • Man Resigns On Twitter In Haiku. Happens To Be Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz.

    Man Resigns On Twitter In Haiku. Happens To Be Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz.

    When you’re on your way out of a job, there’s a lot of fun ways to exit. Some choose to take all the staplers in the office, some show up to the last day in shorts, some pull a Jerry Maguire. And some tweet out a haiku. That’s exactly what Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz did tonight. Here’s his tweet: Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems… Read More

  • Oracle receives green light from the EU to acquire Sun Microsystems

    It’s official: the European Commission has granted regulatory approval for Oracle to acquire Sun Microsystems for approximately $7.4 billion, without further conditions. In a statement released moments ago, Oracle says it expects unconditional approval from China and Russia as well and intends to close the transaction shortly. Oracle will host an all-day live event for customers… Read More

  • Top Tech Acquisitions Of 2009

    Top Tech Acquisitions Of 2009

    We track a lot of acquisitions on CrunchBase.  At the beginning of 2009, acquisitions were at a standstill.  But as the economy begrudgingly roused itself from recession, the deal flow started to pick up in the summer, and then rebounded more in the third quarter.  There are still a couple weeks left in the year, and a lot can still happen, such as Google buying Yelp for more than… Read More

  • Sun Microsystems Kills Social Programming Project Zembly

    Sun Microsystems Kills Social Programming Project Zembly

    Sun Microsystems sure had some very nice things to say about the zembly project when it was introduced a couple of years ago: We like to say that zembly is the development environment for Sun’s bold vision—an application development environment that not only targets the web as its native platform, but uses cutting-edge web innovations such as web services, social networking, and… Read More

  • Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos Joins Benchmark As Entrepreneur In Residence

    Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos Joins Benchmark As Entrepreneur In Residence

    Mårten Gustaf Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, is Benchmark Capital‘s newest Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR). Mickos served as chief executive officer for the open source database company from January 2001 to February 2008, when Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL for $1 billion. Benchmark was a relatively early investor in the company; they participated in the $20 million Series B round… Read More

  • Interview: Vinod Khosla Is On The Hunt For Great Technologies

    Interview: Vinod Khosla Is On The Hunt For Great Technologies

    In venture capital, Vinod Khosla likes to go his own way, which is why he’s been so successful. He was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, and then moved to venture capital and became a star partner at Kleiner Perkins, where he backed Juniper Networks, Cerent (sold to Cisco for $7 billion) and NexGen (sold to AMD and formed the basis for its challenge to Intel). About five years… Read More

  • Oracle To Sun Customers (And IBM): "We're In It To Win It"

    Oracle To Sun Customers (And IBM): "We're In It To Win It"

    Gotta love this advertisement from Oracle, directed at current Sun Microsystems customers (and now rival IBM), stating its intentions with SPARC and Solaris before the monster acquisition is even a done deal. It’s a full-page ad that appeared in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal today, and you can find it online on the Oracle website as well. However, as Matt Asay noted… Read More

  • Sun Launches Java App Store

    Sun Launches Java App Store

    Sun Microsystems has debuted its own version of Apple’s App store: The Java Store. The early version of the site features a storefront of Java applications, including social software applications and games. Sun said that they are hoping to create a marketplace to connect developers to the nearly 800 million desktop Java users worldwide. Sun also announced the Java Warehouse, a platform… Read More

  • Oracle Wants To Be The Apple Of The Enterprise, But It Just Became IBM

    Larry Ellison has always wanted to be the Steve Jobs of the enterprise. With this morning’s announcement that Oracle will buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, he took a big step towards making Oracle more of a soup-to-nuts provider of enterprise technology. With Sun, he will now be able to build and package together everything from chips and servers to operating systems, Java… Read More

  • Oracle To Buy Sun For Approximately $7.4 Billion – Hold On To Your Hats

    Oracle To Buy Sun For Approximately $7.4 Billion – Hold On To Your Hats

    Oracle Corporation is to buy Sun Microsystems for $9.50 a share in a deal valued at approximately $7.4 billion, just a few weeks after a deal by IBM to buy Sun fell apart. It looks like Oracle will pay a premium of $2.81 a share, or 42%, over Sun Micro’s closing price of $6.69 a share on Friday. Oracle said the deal is valued at $5.6 billion excluding cash and debt. Oracle is calling… Read More

  • McKinsey's Cloud Computing Report Is Partly Cloudy

    McKinsey's Cloud Computing Report Is Partly Cloudy

    McKinsey & Company released a report, “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing,” today that claims that large corporations could lose money through the adoption of cloud computing. The report paints cloud computing as over-hyped and maintains that cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) overcharge large companies for a service the companies could do better on their own. Read More

  • Sun Ready To Renew Acquisition Talks With IBM, If They Promise To Walk The Walk

    Sun Ready To Renew Acquisition Talks With IBM, If They Promise To Walk The Walk

    Looks like Sun Microsystems is open to renewing acquisition talks with International Business Machines (IBM) if the latter makes a stronger commitment to actually closing the deal, according to Bloomberg sources. Earlier this month, discussions over a potential takeover broke down when IBM withdrew its earlier $7 billion bid to buy Sun. Discussions have stalled, still according to the sources… Read More

  • Big Blue Wants To Swallow Sun For $6.5 Billion

    Big Blue Wants To Swallow Sun For $6.5 Billion

    The consolidation in enterprise technology is upon us. Once mighty Sun Microsystems is now reportedly; in talks to be acquired by IBM for a mere $6.5 billion.  That is two quarters of revenues for Sun.  If you factor in the $2.6 billion in cash and short term investments on Sun’s balance sheet, the true offer is closer to $4 billion.  Sun’s shares jumped this morning 65… Read More

  • A Brand New Car

    A Brand New Car

    Jonathan Schwartz has embarked on a series of blog posts to explain Sun Microsystems’ business and strategy in light of the downturn. The first post sets up a series of 3 or 4 posts describing different areas of Sun’s market opportunity – storage, networking, Solaris and MySQL OEMs, and the cloud computing initiative to be announced in two weeks. This just may be another in… Read More

  • Sun Microsystems Acquires Q-layer To Expand Cloud Computing Offerings

    Sun Microsystems Acquires Q-layer To Expand Cloud Computing Offerings

    Sun Microsystems is elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Belgium-based Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer will become part of Sun’s cloud computing unit. The official statement doesn’t provide much more details, and the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed ‘as the transaction is not material… Read More

  • Never Mind That $1.7 Billion Loss, Jonathan Schwartz Has A New Plan To Save Sun

    Never mind that Sun Microsystems just announced a $1.7 billion loss for its most recent quarter (mostly due to write downs of pricey acquisitions like the $4.1 billion it spent on StorageTek). Never mind that its market cap is only $4 billion, despite having three times as much annual revenues and $2 billion in cash. Never mind that co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, who returned to help save… Read More

  • Neil Young releasing archive onto Blu-ray

    Earlier today at Sun Microsystem’s press conference, Neil Young announced he would be releasing his entire archive of tunes onto Blu-ray. They’ll be released in chronological order and the first 10-disc set will be available in the fall from Reprise/WB Records. Extras like unreleased tracks, hadnwritten manuscripts, videos and other junk will be included on top of the audio… Read More