Last day for Sun Microsystems GmbH
By mprove on Jun 30, 2010
Today was the last day of Sun Microsystems GmbH (in Germany). 28 years after Andreas von Bechtolsheim, Scott McNeally, and Vinnod Khosla founded the Stanford University Network\*, the company does not exist anymore.
I've joined Sun in 2002 and 2008. My first "season" was on improving the user experience of StarOffice and OpenOffice.org. Since 31st of March 2008 (to avoid an April fool's joke) I am working in the area of desktop virtualization. My main product is Sun VDI, and I consult with Sun Ray and Secure Global Desktop. As Sun is ending, it occurred to me that I am the last User Experience Architect at Sun ever. But I guess, now it's too late to get that printed on business cards. And there would be not enough room to mention all the other exceptional colleagues and friends that I met at Sun: Jo Bugental, Frank Ludolph, Nancy Frishberg, Bruce Lee, Annette Wagner, Nicole Yankelovich, Robin Jeffries, Rob Mori, and many more that I cannot mention here. I am happy that we keep in touch at the SunUXD Alumni Group. Furthermore, I should not forget Katy Dickinson's SEED mentoring program with the very special summit in 2006.
I am looking forward to continue to work with Sunnies that are still around, and to meet and collaborate with new folks at Oracle. In fact, many people, projects, and products continue to be part of Oracle, and we've been busy in rebranding Sun's products during the recent couple of weeks. Lots of stuff to share when time is up (e.g. Oracle VDI 3.2).
\* Bill Joy joined shortly thereafter.