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Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems
Company nameSun Microsystems, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
SloganThe Network is the Computer
IndustryComputer systems
Computer software
FateAcquired by Oracle
SuccessorOracle America, Inc.
Founded 1982
Founder(s)Vinod Khosla
Andy Bechtolsheim
Bill Joy
Scott McNealy
DefunctJanuary 27, 2010
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California
Employees38,600 (near peak, 2006)
ParentOracle Corporation

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold :computers, computer components, :computer software, and :information technology services. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982. At its height, Sun headquarters were in Santa Clara, California (part of Silicon Valley), on the former west campus of the Agnews Developmental Center.

On January 27, 2010, Sun was acquired by Oracle Corporation for US$7.4 billion, based on an agreement signed on April 20, 2009. The following month, Sun Microsystems, Inc. was merged with Oracle USA, Inc. to become Oracle America, Inc.

Sun products included computer servers and workstations based on its own SPARC processors as well as AMD's Opteron and Intel's Xeon processors; storage systems; and, a suite of software products including the Solaris operating system, developer tools, Web infrastructure software, and identity management applications. Other technologies included the Java platform, MySQL, and NFS.

Sun was a proponent of open systems in general and Unix in particular, and a major contributor to open source software. Sun's main manufacturing facilities were located in Hillsboro, Oregon and Linlithgow, Scotland.

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