Why Sun's New Cloud CTO Is Targeting Migration of Legacy Apps First

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-19 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems' new cloud computing division is focusing on converting older enterprise data centers first because that's where the migration problems are cropping up.

On Dec. 9, 2008, Sun Microsystems called together the usual-suspect journalists and IT analysts in San Francisco to announce the launch of a new Sun division focusing on providing cloud computing goods and services to enterprises.

Following a full year in stealth mode, the unit is now moving forward with its strategy, which can be described-with a whimsical tip of the cap to Emma Lazarus' inscription at the Statue of Liberty-like this:

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of legacy software yearning to breathe free, and we will move that functionality into the cloud, so it may perform anew for amazed customers.

Sun is focusing on converting older enterprise data centers first because that's where the migration problems are cropping up.

Sun, celebrating its 27th year in 2009, always has provided the resources to put together a cloud computing system. This includes hardware (Sun Fire blade servers, StorageTek storage arrays and even its own branded network switch), server and storage software (OpenSolaris, GlassFish Web server, MySQL database, Zettabyte File System, Lustre backup and recovery package, and others), and networking software (Java) for general enterprise data center use.

The company also has retooled its services group for cloud service duty.

Sun's new Cloud Computing CTO, Lew Tucker, was on the original Java development team with Dr. James Gosling in the early 1990s. Once Java was up, running and well-established, Tucker left to become a vice president at Salesforce.com, where he led the development of AppExchange, a SAAS (software as a service) platform for business applications.

After that, Tucker served as CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic-Web-based Internet service for tracking interests. He rejoined Sun in 2008 as CTO of cloud computing and reports to David Douglas, senior vice president of cloud computing and Sun's chief sustainability officer.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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