Sun Acquires Server Technology Startup

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Sun acquires server-technology vendor Kealia. The deal returns co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim to the fold.

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday announced that it would acquire server-technology firm Kealia, Inc. The start-up firm specializes in server designs utilizing Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Opteron processor.

Kealia was co-founded and led by Andy Bechtolsheim, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems who served as the company's vice president of technology from 1984 to 1995, where he held a range of roles including chief architect of Sun's workstation product line.

Sun will acquire the privately-held, Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup in a stock-for-stock merger. Once the deal is completed, Kealia will become the Advanced Systems Technology group within Sun's Volume Systems Products organization, headed by Executive Vice President Neil Knox.

Bechtolsheim will return to Sun as senior vice president and chief architect within the Volume Systems Products group, reporting to Knox, and will also be a member of Sun's Executive Management Group, led by CEO, chairman and president Scot McNealy.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

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His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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