As Sun unravels, it's time for a new suit
I agree with a lot of Chris Mellor's post,
However, and there is a big Howerver.......!!!
The general tone of the post is negative....SUN does still turn over 14 Bilion Dollars a Year, NOT A small sum by any chalk.. of which a large portion goes into research and development,
where I believe SUN goes wrong is in 2 parts, Having Something to Sell part... and then there is the NOT Shpouting about what it HAS TO SELL... Marketing..!!
If the model for Open everything was to survive, it was a large gamble to think that the likes of DELL could not end up feeding off this policy, by R&D that costs, to then give away, then hope the punters would return the favor by buying SUN's hardware is a real Gamble...
First of all, Quality was something SUN offered over everything else, Punters really stopped
caring about this a long time ago....
We buy cheap, and the cheaper the better, we lost the value tied to Quality, and Quality, from a SUN Point of view ment, COSTS, HUGE COSTS.... !!!! But in my opinion SUN was strong on this point, holding onto it's values for too long.
Open source, does turn this table a little, that is, think of the basic idea, develop the idea, then
skip all the internal test cycles to get it out the door, Slap it with a Open Source Stamp, and let
the Quality cycle happen in the Field, reducing costs... RIGHT....!!!
Sounds familiar... many Successful companies do just this... hence the amount of updates, and recals, and just generally bad releases seems to pay off, as we understand that cheap
means just this....
Second, SUN Has an amazing set of core engineers, innovation and technologies that come from the SUN Labs is second to none, so where are the problems.... Marketing, productizing, and actually having something to sell is where they suffer.
Thirdly, Seems that SUN IS Well positioned, across the technology horizon, from the Virtual Desktop, just comming to its own, as being too far ahead of the Technology curve when first released,
SPARC CPU's with Cores Lots of em.... and for many years...
Servers that are second to none, and hybrid,
Java of course....
Solaris Open, and Boxed... by far the best OS on the planet.. (Sorry but just Is)
Blades, that just seem to be WAY in advance, able to use a whole set of CPU's from across the industry, yet little discussed,
Storage, second to none, and for the deep pocket so the shallow,
Pack the whole lot into a BOX, a big one but in a BOX, and it's ain't ONLY in BLACK... and leave it it in the car park... or any where you please...
all tired to gether with monitoring and a whole set of Engineering waiting to help, eager to help, willing to help, and You have a Picture that say SUN... place a big Green, green and greener sticker on it.... and Voila...
Come on SUN, change your vision, You have a lot to shout about, and a 14 Billion dollar
Business, go to the market, shout about what you have, and be ready to sell it.
AND if it means calling back Scott, showing the door to Jonathan, or bringing in another, then
let it be...
Erhh and standard disclaimer prevails...