A Place in the Sun

My first day was over a month ago (depending on how you reckon it - I count by when I was "onboarded" in Burlington, MA in late March), but I am finally settled in enough to have a Sun blog. It's been quite a ride.

This could (and may) be the subject of many posts in this space, but I thought I would start this one with some observations of what it is like going from a smallish company (MySQL was ~60 when I started and ~400 when we were acquired) to a largish one (Sun is close to 34,000 today).

Sun is big. I remember a statistic from 9th grade physics that the number of basketballs you can fit in the Earth is roughly the same as the number of Earths you can fit in our local star. I think there is a similar ratio for the number of MySQLs (offices, people, servers, etc) you can fit in the terrestrial Sun.

Some interesting first-month facts:

  • My local office (ok, it is New York City) is significantly larger than MySQL's largest - I'd wager about the size of the top five MySQL offices combined.
  • The local Systems Engineering team (see prior disclaimer) is exactly the size of my globa SE team
  • My new employer's largest product was in Manhattan two weeks after I started - they needed to close the Holland Tunnel to get it there.

Is it going well? Am I itchy to jump ship?

I'm listening to the comforting clicks of my Sun keyboard sending keystrokes to my SunRay 2, with the dogs sleeping over on the couch in my Clinton Hill home. My team is still hitting it's targets, my company is the largest contributor of Ope n Source software of it's size (still), we are regularly dismissed by our larger competitors and shredded on Slashdot for the business model we pursue. Business as usual, except the targets are getting bigger, the competitors massive, the critics more shrill.

Pass the Kool-aid.

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