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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 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.


Best of luck, really enjoyed playing with the stuff you helped bring out.
Hope you will continue blogging :-)

Posted by Paul Johnston on September 27, 2010 at 06:56 PM PDT #

Good luck to you Jeff. I certainly appreciate the thought leadership part there.

Although I had fun, I feel that is almost blasphemy to say that; at least let's not ignore the value you added and the serious possibility ZFS has brought to the masses.


Posted by Seth on September 27, 2010 at 07:09 PM PDT #

One wonders at what point Oracle will even appear to care that so few of the people who created they technology they spent so much money on actually want to work for them.

Posted by Eddie on September 27, 2010 at 09:08 PM PDT #

Now that Sun is no more, there's place for a new Sun :)

Posted by guest on September 27, 2010 at 09:53 PM PDT #

after 20 years at Sun i wish you good luck for your new project. Thanks for ZFS and for your personal involvment to make it such a big success.


Posted by bbr on September 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM PDT #

Addoil, 姐夫!

Posted by Rocky on September 28, 2010 at 12:10 AM PDT #

Thank you very much for your great ZFS. It is a pleasure working with your team. Good luck to you.

Posted by Harry He on September 28, 2010 at 12:45 AM PDT #

Thank you very much for so much innovation and especially for the most forward-thinking, powerful, and innovative storage product in computing history.

Posted by Alex Arnoldy on September 28, 2010 at 01:42 AM PDT #

How long until you show up on the Joyent blog? ;)

P.S. Thanks for all the ZFS fun.

Posted by Jason Dixon on September 28, 2010 at 01:51 AM PDT #

Congratulations Jeff! There is a big world out here, full of opportunities.

Posted by Richard Elling on September 28, 2010 at 02:09 AM PDT #

Best of luck, Jeff! :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 28, 2010 at 02:41 AM PDT #

Best wishes for your new venture, Jeff!

Thanks for the best free, open source file system / RAID system currently available - ZFS.

Posted by Simon Breden on September 28, 2010 at 03:04 AM PDT #

Best of luck. Regardless of what you say people will interpret this to meet their needs. Looking for more cool stuff from you.

Posted by Asriramanantha on September 28, 2010 at 04:20 AM PDT #

Remember that beer you had with Linus in 2008? I'm still curious how the beer tasted ... no wait, what you two talked about (:

Posted by rpool on September 28, 2010 at 05:07 AM PDT #

Best of luck, Jeff! Looking forward to hear more about your startup. Please continue blogging! :)

Posted by Andrei Dorofeev on September 28, 2010 at 05:28 AM PDT #

Jeff, ZFS has been an amazing and exciting thing to work with. Thank you for it and for your insightful blog posts.

Best of luck for your future :-)

Posted by Rudy on September 28, 2010 at 06:02 AM PDT #

ZFS is amazing, now we just need to bring that level of thinking to the virtualization world - PLEASE.

Posted by John on September 28, 2010 at 06:12 AM PDT #

Good luck for the future and thanks for all the stuff you created. :)

Posted by BerndH on September 28, 2010 at 06:22 AM PDT #

Every day we rely on the power of ZFS ... Jeff thanks for that powerful filesystem with all the features.. hope you continue your work on this ...

Posted by Michael Widmann on September 28, 2010 at 08:19 AM PDT #

As a thank you for ZFS, I looked up the origin of the quote you mentioned:

"Just remember that ideas last longer than people or things. Your ideas will go farther if you do not insist upon going with them."
— Jerry Kaplan, "Start-Up: A Silicon Valley Adventure," 1994

Posted by Ken Beer on September 28, 2010 at 08:29 AM PDT #

goodluck all the way...

Posted by roforofo on September 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM PDT #

Good luck with your next adventure Jeff.
You rock!

Posted by Mike La Spina on September 28, 2010 at 02:10 PM PDT #

Best of luck. Keep in touch.



Posted by Robin Harris on September 28, 2010 at 03:34 PM PDT #

Good luck, Jeff. Wherever you go, you will be my friend.

Posted by Javen on September 28, 2010 at 03:50 PM PDT #

@Ken Beer -- thanks for locating the quote! How did you find it? I had no luck with Google. As soon as you mentioned Kaplan's book that whole passage came back to me. Thank you. It's been bugging me for a while!

@everyone -- I am drowning in kindness. Thank you so much. It is incredibly satisfying to see my "baby" loved. And at a time of personal transition like this, it's wonderful to know that I have so much support. Again, thank you.

Posted by Jeff Bonwick on September 28, 2010 at 04:38 PM PDT #

The time work with ZFS team will be remembered for long time.

Take care and good luck, Jeff!

Posted by Forrest on September 28, 2010 at 05:39 PM PDT #

Thankfully we'll see FUD no more from neither you nor SUN. :)

Posted by no to FUD on September 28, 2010 at 08:26 PM PDT #

Jeff, I remember you presented ZFS to the Sun OS Ambassadors back in 2003. If you embark your new challenge with the same enthousiasm all will go well for you. Thanks for giving us ZFS! I wish you lots of luck and wisdom.

Posted by Bart Muijzer on September 28, 2010 at 09:33 PM PDT #

Good luck Jeff.

Posted by Alireza Haghighatkhah on September 29, 2010 at 02:38 AM PDT #

ZFS was a great innovation, I hope you'll be successful in your startup too. Best of lucks.

Posted by Caglar Gulcehre on September 29, 2010 at 04:22 AM PDT #

I am so happy that I saw the evolution of ZFS as early Solaris 10 updates up until now.

Best of luck to you and thank you so much for giving us ZFS.

Posted by Deniz on September 29, 2010 at 05:00 AM PDT #

Hey Jeff,

Good Luck and thanks for the best file system I have ever used. I switch from Linux to open solaris just because of ZFS. Will you have a new blog, if so tell me where.

Posted by Ajay Desai on September 29, 2010 at 05:48 AM PDT #

The day i discovered ZFS i realized there is a god after all...

Thanks for making my administrator life alot easier.

Good luck !

Posted by Christer on September 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM PDT #

Thanks for zfs, Jeff. Amazing work.

"No To FUD", lighten up buddy. Shame on you. In McVoy's '93 paper you quote on your page have a good long look at the phrase "acrimony between competing Unix egos" next time you feel like taking a cheap shot at anyone.

Posted by Michael on September 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM PDT #

Good Luck Jeff! 20 Years! That is a long time for any company in this industry!

Posted by Paul Monday on September 30, 2010 at 01:25 AM PDT #

Jeff -

Since you asked, here's how I found the quote.

First, I considered that you may have misquoted the original, so I searched with subsets of the quote, the quote with \* instead of certain terms, using farther instead of further, etc. I looked for the earliest mention of the quote.

That lead me to a longer, but still unattributed quote here:

I searched Google Books for the new piece of the quote and found the Jerry Kaplan book. I didn't know if Kaplan himself was quoting someone else, so I searched the quote again - this time along with "Jerry Kaplan"

That lead me to this: which confirmed the quote to be Kaplan's and from 1994.

Of course, if you do that last search today, you get this page ;)

Posted by Ken Beer on September 30, 2010 at 06:16 AM PDT #

“We can’t solve problems by
using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”
Albert Einstein

Bottom line do not look back. Move forward...

Good luck Jeff!

Posted by Jean Dion on September 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM PDT #

Best of luck Jeff. A big move, a loss for Sun/Oracle, but no doubt a great opportunity and a win for those who you'll be working with. I'm a huge admirer of your work, your talent and your creativity. One of the top talents in our industry, perhaps underrated at times. I hope this will provide a chance for more people to realize your talent.
All the best,

Posted by Richard Green on September 30, 2010 at 02:21 PM PDT #

Wish you best luck Jeff! We will be eager to hear more about the new startup you are creating.

Posted by Priya on October 01, 2010 at 08:59 AM PDT #

I don't recall stealing that line from someone else, but who the heck knows 15 after years.

In any case, I'm sure in context it doesn't sound as sage as it does here! ;)

Posted by Jerry Kaplan on October 01, 2010 at 10:25 AM PDT #

Best for u

Posted by Hosam Al Ali on October 03, 2010 at 10:37 AM PDT #

Hey Jeff, is there any chance that the new stealth mode startup you are joining bears any resemblance to this:

Posted by system5 on October 03, 2010 at 04:02 PM PDT #

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