Future not so Sunny for Mcnealy at Sun

Scott Mcnealy, CEO and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, announced that he will be stepping down as the CEO of Sun Microsystems.  Effective Immediately.

There has been quite a bit of talk about this recently, but I really didn’t think we would see it as soon as this.  I think when it’s a company that you have founded, it makes it extremely hard to relenquish your position within the company.  Ask Steve Jobs if you don’t believe me.  Of course, he got fired and Apple has done quite well with him back.

One has to wonder what pressures Scott received to do this as well.  Sun has struggled to take a firm hold as a recognized server market where Dell and IBM are the more well known brands.  I would expect a mover and shaker type CEO to step in next for Sun and really try and make a stronger move into the enterprise set with application servers.  I just don’t see them competing well with the higher end servers.  The strategic alliance that they founded with Google last year could make for some interesting appliance servers from Sun/Google.

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  1. I think Sun just outgrew and outlasted his original idea and direction for the company. Sun has had a difficult time in this market just like IBM has been having in recent years (Compaq/HP have gained significant market share and taken it from IBM). These companies tried to stay with the mainframe and proprietory hardware server market for far too long and neglicted the direction the market was going.

  2. Thatedeguy says

    I completely agree Brady. I think along with Compaq and HP, Dell has made great strides into the server market and those three combined had much more insight into where the market was going. IBM and Sun just kept meandering along with their mainframes and so forth until they reached the position they are in trying to force their way back into the mainstream server market.