Sun Sets on Azul's Technology

Did startup Azul use Sun Microsystems' trade secrets to develop a hot new server? There's a potentially nasty legal wrangle in the works

In the fall of 2004, Azul Systems Chief Executive Stephen W. DeWitt paid a visit to Sun Microsystems CEO Scott G. McNealy. Azul was weeks away from unveiling a server that would compete with Sun products, and DeWitt was determined to pay his former boss a courtesy call. "I have a lot of respect for him, and for a lot of people at Sun," DeWitt says. "I could have let him read about [Azul's new machine] in BusinessWeek, but that's not what we did. We were open with him."

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