Commentary on Commentary
By John Clingan on Jul 20, 2005
Mr. Enderle, who focuses on personal technologies, suggests that Sun buy Gateway. It's pretty obvious from his article that he is not a fan of what Sun is doing. I think some commentary on his commentary is appropriate to clear up some misconceptions he may be spreading.
On the thought of a Gateway acquisition, I'm not going to bite. I don't see anything productive coming out of that discussion. However, I do want to focus on some of his "orthogonal" points. First, morale.
On the morale point, well, I am not sure how many data points Mr. Enderle has. 1? 10? 50? All I can give you is one. Mine. I had a strong lead for a new job as another company contacted me gauging my interest. My response? Almost verbatum: "First, I'm not interested. Next, what's the job so I can talk to my personal network and filter their skills/interest for you." A Sun-friendly person in a pre-sales role selling cross-platform products? Heck yeah! My personal network has at least as many non-Sun employees as it does Sun employees, so don't read between non-existent lines. This is a pretty darn exciting time as we open up much of our intellectual property portfolio to the world. And we get to blog about it. Now that I am spoiled, I don't know if I could work for a company that didn't give me this much freedom to express my thoughts. Leave Sun? Are you kidding?
On the Sun Ray topic, Mr. Enderle's data may be true to a point. In our sales office we happened to have some servers that were getting long in the tooth. Things were getting somewhat slow simply because you can't push a 400Mhz CPU faster than 400Mhz (not entirely true, but we value supportable configurations). We have upgraded those E4500's in the office to v440's. Now our apps run just fine. My point? Sun Rays are not slow. Servers have to be sized properly. I'm sure most of you have had desktops that have gotten pretty slow and you have also had them upgraded. It's the traditional 3 year upgrade cycle. The only difference in our case is that we upgraded 2 servers and the 100 desktops just ran faster. Our upgrade cycle happened to be 5 years, probably a year overdue but, hey, IT has a fixed budget with a lot of things on it's plate.
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