Sun has been extinguished

02/02/2010
Courtesy of Flickrs kevindooley

Courtesy of Flickr’s kevindooley

If you have been following Sun’s product line since the beginning, then this transcript may cause a twinge of nostalgia:

~$ wget http://www.sun.com
--2010-02-01 22:37:31--  http://www.sun.com/
Resolving www.sun.com (www.sun.com)... 72.5.124.61
Connecting to www.sun.com (www.sun.com)|72.5.124.61|:80.

.. connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://www.oracle.com [following]

With the clarify of hindsight, it seems to me that Sun’s best bet would have been to combine Solaris+ZFS+the JVM into a top-to-bottom integrated cloud computing platform. They had collected sufficient components to do that years ago, but not the clarity of vision to “bet the company” on that architecture.