Sun CEO Sees Future of Open Source in the Cloud

04/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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In a speech on Wednesday, the CEO of Sun Microsystems ignored the rumors that the company may be sold to IBM, and focused instead on the business opportunities presented by cloud computing and open-source software. All of the world's Fortune 500 companies are using open-source software at least to some degree, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz said in a speech at Infoworld's Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. He outlined a three-part strategy, also described in recent posts on his blog: Attract a wide user base with free software, build innovative products and then link those first two elements. Sun has said it will offer its first cloud services this summer -- computing and storage services akin to Amazon's EC2 and S3. It will follow those infrastructure services with "platform" offerings based on its MySQL database, Glassfish middleware and NetBeans developer tools, Schwartz sad. It was a bullish talk that seemed at odds with the reports of the IBM acquisition -- something both companies have declined to comment on. 2

Emphasizing that the cloud enables Sun to deliver value that scales to its open-source user base: the cloud is the key to turning users into customers. 1

  1. Sun CEO Sees Future of Open Source in the Cloud (cnet)
  2. Sun Chief Forges Ahead as IBM Rumors Swirl (PC World)

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