Sun Deals for Handy Andy

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) has rehired its first employee, Andreas "Andy" Bechtolsheim, and plans to buy a stealthy startup he's heading up (see Sun to Acquire Kealia).

The news furthers Sun's efforts to regain some of the luster it's lost in the downturn, in part by returning to its roots as a technology innovator.

During Sun's quarterly product launch yesterday, CEO Scott McNealy gleefully presented Bechtolsheim as the latest addition to the executive staff, while reminiscing about their long acquaintance. After meeting McNealy at Stanford, Bechtolsheim, a designer of single-board workstations, became employee number one at Sun, which was founded in 1982. He was VP of technology there through 1995, when he left to found Granite Systems, which was sold to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and became part of that company's gigabit switching unit.

For the last several months, Bechtolsheim's been heading up Kealia Inc., which Sun will buy in a "stock-for-stock merger," terms undisclosed, by the end of next quarter (see Sun to Acquire Kealia). Kealia's employee count includes 58 engineers, Bechtolsheim says.

Kealia's been working on high-performance servers, thought to be aimed at the digital video market. Its existence, and Bechtolsheim's involvement in it, was first reported by Light Reading back in October 2003 (see Is Cisco Tuning Into Video? and Kealia Project Raises Questions).

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— Mary Jander, Site Editor, Byte and Switch

green 12/5/2012 | 2:28:12 AM
re: Sun Deals for Handy Andy kealia was making AMD opteron (64 bit x86 based platforms) based servers. where does this leave SUN's own SPARC microprocessors ?
glasstotheass 12/5/2012 | 2:28:02 AM
re: Sun Deals for Handy Andy The rumor is that Sun will finish the SPARC processors currently in the pipe and then move all new server designs to use AMD's processors. Check out their latest "tech summit" proceedings for details and read between the lines.



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