Sun Microsystems

defunct American computer hardware and software company

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Sun for short) was an American company that sold computers, computer components, software, and information technology services. Sun contributed to many important computing technologies, such as Unix, RISC processors, thin client computing, and virtualized computing. Sun created the Java programming language, the Solaris operating system, the Network File System (NFS), and the SPARC instruction set. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982.[2] Sun's headquarters were in Santa Clara, California. In January 2010, it was bought by Oracle Corporation.

Sun Microsystems
Company typePublic
FoundedFebruary 24, 1982; 42 years ago (1982-02-24)
DefunctJanuary 27, 2010 (2010-01-27)
FateAcquired by Oracle
OwnerOracle Corporation
Number of employees
38,600 (near peak, 2006)[1]
See Archived 4 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.


  1. "Company Info". Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on August 28, 2006. Retrieved December 4, 2006.
  2. "Churchill Club Presents: Scott McNealy in Conversation With Ed Zander" (Press release). Churchill Club. February 24, 2011. Archived from the original on August 2, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2020.