Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to cut up to 6,000 jobs, or 18 percent of its global work force. The company would also be splitting its software division into three new business groups. One will handle Sun’s Java programming language, open-source middleware and database offerings. Another will be responsible for Sun’s Solaris operating system, which is used to run servers. The third will focus on developing programs for “cloud computing” services delivered over the Internet.
Rich Green, software chief at Sun has resigned. Anil Gadre, formerly its chief marketing officer, will be the executive vice president in charge of the Application Platform Software group, which bundles together Java, MySQL, GlassFish, and other open source middleware products as well as Sun’s learning services training organization.