Definition of Sun Microsystems
The world of technology is no stranger to the existence of myths, whether alive or dead, as in the case of football or any other area of interest in life. And, as in the case of the sport of football, in which myths can be players, alignments that will no longer be repeated, clubs or matches, in the world of technology we also find myths as people or companies. Sun Microsystems is one of these cases.
The birth of this mythical company is not exempt, precisely, from mythology: after building its first workstations with discarded remains of other computers at Stanford University in Palo Alto (one of the existing technological "mecca"), the founders (Vinod Khosla , Andy Bechtolsheim and Scott McNealy) founded Sun in 1982.
The company was born with the idea of manufacturing and providing complete systems, initially workstations under Unix BSD, to which servers and systems and network administration tools were joined, and programming
With this, the strategy of the emerging Sun grew, leading the company to create its own variant of UNIX based on BSD, which “imaginatively” called SunOS. Subsequently, and already renamed Solaris (name that still shows today ”was taken in the early 90s to a System V base.
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With Java, Sun sought to bring to fruition the idea of " the computer is the network ", well ahead of the concept of cloud at a time when networks did not offer enough speed or hardware enough features to allow the local computer run a remote operating system, resident on a server (today we would say in the cloud ).
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Among its operations are a successful acquisition that made it very popular, and another more controversial. The first was that of StarOffice, a multiplatform office suite created by StarDivision.
This allowed him to open the source code of the program in the OpenOffice project, immediate predecessor of the current LibreOffice suite, in an initiative that made him gain great popularity among the free software community. OpenOffice was necessary to provide Solaris with an alternative to Microsoft Office.
A portion of the credit among the open source community gained from the previous operation was squandered with the acquisition of MySQL, with which there was fear that Sun would close its development.
The acquisition of Sun by Oracle was reached after the complete overcoming of the dot-com bubble and the global economic crisis
Sun had bet heavily on future businesses that either expanded over time, thereby damaging investments , or did not materialize directly.
The purchase operation by Oracle was announced in 2009, and was approved by regulatory authorities in early 2010.
Oracle won a proprietary software platform (Solaris), and a hardware business that allowed it to add to its database solutions, not only the necessary software stack, but also the hardware to provide the entire system.
This meant the death of a mythical brand, that of Sun Microsystems, which ended up being replaced by that of Oracle, becoming part of the mythology of the technological community.
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