Bryan Cantrill, who started at Sun Microsystems in 1996, was the key developer of Sun's Solaris DTrace data center analytics software tool and a prime mover behind the Fishworks team that created the S7000 storage appliance, code-named Amber Road. Cantrill is now leaving Oracle.
Bryan Cantrill, one of Oracle's brightest young
senior engineers, announced
July 25 in his blog
that he is leaving the company.
Cantrill is one of a number of high-profile Sun Microsystems employees that
have left Oracle since its January acquisition of Sun. Others include CEO
Jonathan Schwartz, board chairman Scott McNealy, Java guru James Gosling, XML co-creator Tim Bray, and open-source
evangelist Simon Phipps.
Cantrill, who started at Sun Microsystems in 1996, was the key developer of
Sun's Solaris DTrace data center analytics software tool and a prime mover
behind the Fishworks team-along with fellow engineer Mike Shapiro-that created
successful "Amber Road" storage appliance.
Amber Road eventually
became Sun's, now Oracle's, NAND
flash-optimized S7000 storage system,
the company's hottest-selling and
most progressive storage product.
Cantrill's creation, DTrace, solves a problem software engineers had struggled
with for decades.
DTrace is a dynamic tracing facility built into Solaris that helps
developers look at, use and write applications for, and manage, general-purpose
operating systems. DTrace is able to deliver sets of real-time telemetry data
that support business processes.
DTrace analytics enable IT managers to follow a query from start to finish
through the server/storage system in order to identify bottlenecks and solve
them. DTrace can probe all of the following protocols: NFS
(Network File System), CIFS (Common Internet File System), FTP, SFTP, HTTP, FC,
iSCSI and SRP.
Thus, administrators can quickly locate and manage SAN
(storage area network) workload hot spots and bottlenecks, understand how
configuration and application changes affect the storage system, and provision
NAND flash storage capabilities without guesswork.
"The time has come for me to venture again into something new-but this
time it is to be beyond the company's walls," Cantrill wrote. "This
is obviously with mixed emotion; while I am excited about the future, it is
very difficult for me personally to leave a company in which I have had such
close relationships with so many."
Cantrill, who didn't say what he'll be doing next, recounted the early days of
Fishworks in the blog.
"In 2006, itching to try something new, Mike [Shapiro] and I talked the
company into taking the risk of allowing several of us to start
Fishworks," Cantrill wrote. "That Sun supported our endeavor so
enthusiastically was the company at its finest: empowering engineers to tackle
hard problems, and inspiring them to bring innovative solutions to market.
"And with the budding success of the 7000 Series, I would like to believe
that we made good on the company's faith in us-and more generally on its belief
in innovation as differentiator."
Road was launched on Nov. 10, 2008,
and has been a strong seller ever since.
Oracle last upgraded
its S7000 systems
only a month ago.