To break, or not to break: that is the question
By blueprints on Aug 10, 2009
By Kemer Thomson, Sun BluePrints Editor
An interesting challenge that is presented by permalinks is that, ... well, they tend to be permanent. What do you do when a particular word is embedded in a permalink that is no longer relevant? We just ran into that problem (again) with a blog presented by longtime Sun BluePrints author Mikael Lofstrand. We are forced to make decision to keep the offending permalink, or to break it.
Mikael has been working on a blueprint around an exciting network architecture we have been developing at Sun. We proudly referred to it as a "Sun's TrueScale architecture." "TrueScale" really captured the essence behind it. Only one problem: it looks like QLogic has already trademarked "TrueScale" and in an area that is close enough to present a problem. This resulted in classic panic to find another name that was equally appropriate, but was sufficiently unique. This turns out to be quite a challenge, as it appears that techno-entrepreneurs have been busy locking up any name that looks like they may be able to sell or otherwise leverage.
In the end, my suggestion of "VeriScale" won. All I did was chose the Latin root for "true." We are re-working the blueprint and Mikael edited his blog, substituting in VeriScale. Unfortunately, "truescale" remains embedded in the permalink. We would rather not break a link that (hopefully) has established itself.
Speaking of what we are not referring to as "Sun's VeriScale architecture," there is now the beginning of a Wiki page devoted to it: http://wikis.sun.com/display/VeriScale. There isn't a lot there just yet, but you might want to check it regularly as we start to populate it with more content.