Lies, Damned Lies, & DRMs
By templedf on Jul 21, 2009
Some of our competitors seem to be very fond of spreading the rumor that the Sun Grid Engine product team has been laid off and/or that the product has been discontinued. It would appear that since they can't claim to have a better, more scalable, or more cost-effective product, they're willing to go with lying through their teeth to make the sale. Since I keep getting asked this question, I figured it would be worthwhile to post an official response.
To plagiarize Mark Twain, the rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated. We're still here and going strong. The team is now roughly four times the size it was when I joined six years ago. It spans six offices in five countries on three continents. The product has a road map that reaches out past 2012 (which is as far as we're willing to speculate). We have a massive (if not leading) share in both the open source and licensed DRM system markets, and we're not planning to go away any time soon.
Of course, with the deal with Larry pending, nothing is certain. The only comment I can make there is "no comment." That said, for now at least, it's business as usual. We're still writing code, preparing releases, doing trainings, holding our annual Workshop, etc. Look for the next update this quarter. Look for the next release next year. And look for a whole lot more good stuff coming from our team over the next several updates and releases. With the features that have been added in the 6.2, 6.2u2 and 6.2u3 releases, Sun Grid Engine is in a great position. With what's coming up, I'd resort to lying too, if I worked for one of our competitors.