Sun shakes up executives, server groups

John Fowler will head a combined SPARC and x64-based server groups, and David Yen will serve as executive vice president of Sun's storage group

In one of the first executive shakeups at Sun Microsystems Inc. since Jonathan Schwartz stepped in as Chief Executive Officer last month, the company on Monday shuffled its server and storage heads and consolidated its server businesses.

Sun combined its SPARC and x64-based server groups under one umbrella group, now called the Systems Group, and tapped John Fowler as executive vice president of the new group. Fowler formerly headed up the group responsible for Sun's x64-based servers that use Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron processors.

David Yen, formerly executive vice president of Sun's Scalable Systems Group, which managed the company's SPARC-based servers, will now serve as executive vice president of Sun's storage group. Sun last month laid off about 200 people from its Scalable Systems Group.

Fowler and Yen will report directly to Schwartz, the company said in a statement.

As part of the shakeup, Mark Canepa, who has been with Sun for a decade and most recently headed up Sun's storage group, is leaving the company.