- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

Some facts about Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., which Oracle plans to acquire for $7.4 billion:


_ Founded: 1977 by Larry Ellison and two other programmers, Bob Miner and Edward Oates. Their first product was inspired by IBM’s database software research in San Jose, Calif.

_ Headquarters: Redwood Shores, Calif.

_ CEO: Larry Ellison.

_ Employees: 86,000.

_ Earnings: Sales of $24.6 billion and profit of $5.7 billion over last four quarters.

Sun Microsystems:

_ Founded: 1982. Began selling “workstations” that offered high-performance computing power for scientists, software developers and other researchers.

_ Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

_ CEO: Jonathan Schwartz, since 2006.

_ Employees: 33,556.

_ Earnings: Sales of $13.3 billion and a loss of $1.9 billion over the last four quarters.

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