Linked by fran on Wed 8th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
Oracle and SUN In an interview that gives some deeper insight into the fall of the company, ex Sun boss Scott McNeally talked to Gavin Clarke of The Register. "Sun was the fastest growing US company between 1985 and 1989, according to Forbes, and supplied the entire US government with more than half its workstations nine years after starting."
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Sun had so many problems
by HunterA3 on Fri 10th Dec 2010 20:27 UTC
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mainly their problems were as follows:

2001 dotcom bubble

Opensourcing their programs would have had little impact on their success or failure. What would have helped was Solaris on x86, cheaper and more reliable hardware, and having their own service support staff rather than outsourcing it to lower paid and under trained field engineers from companies indifferent to their cause.
Instead they left the other vendors to creep in using truly standard hardware and more readily available operating systems. Then they partially conceded their mainframe business to Fujitsu and that was the death knell.

Now the only things that keeps them afloat (apart from Oracle) is their StorageTek tape library business, Java, Solaris, and a niche server market (partially propped up by their partnership with Fujitsu).

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