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Sun's "good enough" isn't enough

In response to the October 8 news story by Mike Ricciuti, "Sun CEO: We're "good enough"":

I have been curious to see how Scott McNealy would steer Sun Microsystems through this technology hangover. It has been a scary time for everyone involved in technology, but throughout, I have been both impressed and interested to keep up with both his--and Sun's--visibility.

But I'm more than a little confused with the sound bites from the Gartner Symposium. "Good enough" technology? That's what Sun's pushing today? I think that McNealy has fallen victim to his own marketing people, slowly eroding any top-tier brand equity that he previously created by making Sun what it is today.

For robust, scalable, performance-oriented computing, Sun is in an elite class. How many other vendors can claim ownership of not just a platform, but a methodology of computing? The paradigm of network computing (which arguably Sun owns) is finally becoming trendy with other platform vendors--years after Sun popularized the concept.

But what McNealy is doing seems much like when Coke introduced New Coke or when Apple opened its platform to other vendors. It doesn't take an MBA to understand that sometimes the right business move is actually the wrong one.

Joe Kwak
San Jose, Calif.