"Think of Sun Microsystems, and what comes to your
"For me? Purple workstations--my first exposure to Sun
"For others, it might be Solaris. Or Java. There's a host of
things Sun was well-known for before it was acquired by Oracle last
year and systematically dismantled to fit within the Oracle
"But I'll bet middleware was not one of the things you initially
recalled. But it's some of Sun-now-Oracle's cast-off middleware
that may prove to be a huge business for a burgeoning new
community, led by some former Sun employees.
"The company is ForgeRock, which made a small splash in the open
source scene when it started up this February in Norway, led by
Lasse Andresen, former Central & Northern Europe CTO at Sun.
The ForgeRock team was later joined by Simon Phipps, former Sun
Open Source Officer, member of the Open Source Initiative's Board
of Directors, and (now) Chief Strategy Officer at ForgeRock."