Posted by marinasum
on March 20, 2008 at 9:28 AM PDT
For the first time, Sun was included in Fast Company's Fast 50.
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.