Sun Among the World's Most Innovative Companies
Earlier this month, Fast Company published its list of "The 2008 Fast 50" for the world's most innovative companies. It's an eye-opening and interesting read, in particular that the companies named hail from all industries: automobile, high technology, airlines, retail, attire. Number 45 is Sun Microsystems, highlighted this way:
Datacenters account for some three percent of total world energy use, and Sun has taken that as a challenge. Last year its mad-scientist approach to energy efficiency--and $2 billion R&D budget --rippled across the industry as the company released the world's most efficient processor, the UltraSPARC T2; Project Blackbox, the first virtualized datacenter; and a new, super-green Silicon Valley datacenter that increases computer power by 456% while cutting energy costs by more than 60%. With four straight profitable quarters for the first time since 2001 and 6% growth, the forecast is sunny.
I've had many a colleague tell me that one of the reasons that they enjoy working for Sun is that, despite all the ups and downs since the dot-com bust, it's still one of the most innovative companies around. Apparently, Fast Company agrees.