Sun Confirms Another Round of Layoffs

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Sun continues to make good on its work force reduction plan with another 1,500 jobs cut, and rumors abound that the server giant has cut many of its direct sales force, hoping to drive increased sales through its reseller channel.

Sun Microsystems confirmed that it has made good on its promised work force reduction plan with another round of layoffs, this time affecting about 1,500 workers.

When the server giant announced the work force reduction in November 2008, Sun said it would slash about 6,000 employees at a cost of around $500 million to $600 million. The company said then that the layoffs would save between $700 million and $800 million in expenses. In January 2009, Sun cut about 1,300 employees as part of the plan.

"This week, Sun can confirm that notifications are being given to approximately 1,500 as part of this effort," according to a Sun spokesperson. "Reductions are being made across all levels, including vice presidents and directors," the spokesperson said.

While there are rumors that many of those affected by the layoffs are Sun’s direct salesforce, Sun did not confirm these speculations. In these tough economic times, it’s conceivable that Sun would prefer to rely more heavily on its reseller channel to drive new server, storage and software sales and services to large enterprise clients.

Another unconfirmed rumor—which Sun neither confirmed nor denied--involves the closure of the vendor’s entire New York City sales office - which mostly caters to the financial services and media industries.

Despite the layoffs and talk that Sun will be acquired by IBM, a Sun spokesperson said that "Sun remains committed to its strategy with a consistent focus on providing innovations that enable customers to address their business needs. We continue to see great opportunities for our technologies globally and are focused on our customers and partners. We will continue to provide updates on our progress against the work force reduction plan as they come available."


Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.