10 Years at Sun
By John Clingan on Mar 04, 2007
I've done it! As of March 3rd, I have been an employee of Sun Microsystems for 10 years. I've seen ups and I've seen downs. I've played sales geek and I've played consulting geek. I've used numerous technologies, from E10k's and 4800's down to his younger brother, from a JavaStation (pictured to the right) to a Sun Ray, from a portal server down to Solaris, from a 6920 down to a disk drive, from highly focused RFP's to the much broader blogs.sun.com. Sun has always supported open standards, and I have watched us completely embrace open source, to the point where we have become the largest contributor to open source movements.
I doubt there is any other company in the industry where you can do all of these things and be a part of so many accomplishments. I've done my 1/35,000th (~average #employees) of effort to help make it all happen, and it's been an honor. Somewhat surprisingly, the most rewarding of all has been blogs.sun.com, both in reading and publishing content. Being able to share what I learn and continually learning from others (blogs.sun.com and beyond) is extremely rewarding.
It's been fun and I can't wait for what's in store for the next 10 years. Hopefully early retirement ( ), but if that doesn't happen, I'll have Sun's continuous innovations to fall back on