I ran into Jonathan Schwartz this morning, and he asked how Mashery was coming along. Jonathan and I first met over dinner late last year, when I was still working at Feedster. He had reached out to me through a mutual friend to learn what it would take to convince startups to take a look at Sun again, so we got together for a wonderful dinner and some great wine (our friend mentioned that Jonathan likes wine, so I used it as an excuse to pull something nice from the cellar), and we talked for hours about Sun, startups, kitchen renovation, and our families.
Jonathan was very open about how Sun had made mistakes and lost traction in the startup market, but he was confident that their upcoming products, like Niagra-based servers, would tilt the balance back in Sun's favor. I was able to confirm that for us, data center power was the second largest expense, after payroll - just as it was for Sun's biggest customers.
So when I started Mashery, I reached out to Jonathan. Even though there was a lot of Sun news that week, I had an email response within minutes, wishing us success, and offering Sun's help.
So we're considering launching Mashery on Niagra-based hardware. If the performance is as good as Sun says, we will be able to limit our data center to a fraction of a rack for some time, saving a ton of money on hardware, power, and data center costs. Either way, we'll let you know how it goes, so that other startups can have more data to make this decision.
After all, Mashery is in the business to make new applications easier to build and deploy. If Jonathan's right, Sun may well be a key component of making that happen.