To my team:
After 20 incredible years at Sun/Oracle, I have decided to try something new.
This was a very hard decision, and not one made lightly. I have always enjoyed my work, and still do -- everything from MTS-2 to Sun Fellow to Oracle VP. I love the people I work with and the technology we've created together, which is why I've been doing it for so long. But I have always wanted to try doing a startup, and recently identified an opportunity that I just can't resist. (We are in stealth mode, so that's all I can say for now.)
This team will always have a special place in my heart. Being part of the Solaris team means doing the Right Thing, innovating, changing the rules, and being thought leaders -- creating the ideas that everyone else wants to copy. Add to that Oracle's unmatched market reach and ability to execute, and you have a combination that I believe will succeed in ways we couldn't have imagined two years ago. I hope that Solaris and ZFS Storage are wildly successful, and that you have fun making it happen.
To the ZFS community:
Thank you for being behind us from Day One. After a decade in the making, ZFS is now an adult. Of course there's always more to do, and from this point forward, I look forward to watching you all do it. There is a great quote whose origin I have never found: "Your ideas will go further if you don't insist on going with them." That has proven correct many times in my life, and I am confident that it will prove true again.
For me, it's time to try the Next Big Thing. Something I haven't fully fleshed out yet. Something I don't fully understand yet. Something way outside my comfort zone. Something I might fail at. Everything worth doing begins that way. I'll let you know how it goes.
My last day at Oracle will be this Thursday, September 30, 2010. After that you can reach me at my personal mac.com e-mail, with the usual first-dot-last construction.
It has truly been a wonderful couple of decades. To everyone who taught me, worked with me, learned from me, and supported my efforts in countless ways large and small: Thank you.