1982 - Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, Andreas Bechtolsheim and Scott McNealy launch Sun Microsystems. The first workstation is introduced.
1983 - Sun and Computervision sign a $US40 million OEM agreement. Operations begin in Europe.
1984 - NFS technology introduced and licensed free to the industry. Later it becomes the industry standard for network file sharing.
1985 - Sun opens Canadian operations
1986 - Commences operations in Australia, along with its operations in Asia. PC-NFS technology introduced. Lionel Singer* is original distributor of Sun in Australia. Mr Val Micken takes role as first Sun Microsystems Australia managing director.
1987 - Sun and AT&T form an alliance to develop UNIX[R] System V Release 4.
1988 - Sun reaches $US1 billion in revenue.
1989 - SPARCstation 1 system introduced. Sun expands alliances with Informix, Ingres, Oracle, and Sybase.
1990 - Follows release of SPARCstation 1 with four new models, including the first workstation for under $US5000. Manufacturing plant opens in Scotland.
- Shaun McConnan appointed managing director of Sun Australia.
1991 - Releases Solaris 2.
1992 - Introduces SPARCstation 10 system, the first multiprocessing desktop computer.
- Les Hayman is appointed managing director of Sun Australia.
1993 - Sun, IBM, HP, and others unify UNIX system software.
1994 - Russell Bate is appointed Managing Director of Sun Microsystems Australia.
1995 - Introduces Java.
1996 - Introduces Sun Ultra workstation. Licenses Java technology to all major hardware and software companies.
1997 - New server family introduced, including the 64-processor Sun Enterprise 10000 server. Web-enhanced Solaris environment developed as well as Sun StorEdge A5000.
1998 - Develops Intelligent Storage Network architecture. Introduces instant networking with Jini. Introduces Solaris 7.
- Next generation Java technology released.
- AOL acquires Netscape and Sun announces a partnership with AOL for what is now known as iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions.
1999 - Introduces open storage management with Jiro. Introduces Netra t1 servers. Sun acquires Forte, an enterprise software company. Makes StarOffice productivity suits available free of charge.
2000 - Solaris 8 introduced. Sun acquires Cobalt Networks.
- Launches an Undergraduate commercialisation of technology course with Macquarie University.
- Launches its Platinum Partner Program.
- iPlanet releases first B2B commerce platform.
- Jim Hassell is appointed managing director of Sun Australia in November after Russell Bate is promoted to Vice-President of Product Sales Operations for Asia-Pacific.
2001 - Sun Microsystems and the Victorian State Government jointly launch an education and training facility in Victoria. Java Scholarship Program is also announced, worth AUD$135 000.
- Sun signs a global agreement with Hitachi for cross-licensing and distributing each other's storage software.
- Launches the Starcat Server in September. Sun also builds Liberty Alliance project to take on MS Passport.
- Releases the J2EE 1.3. Java is now on the handsets of Sprint PCs.
- Introduces Sun ONE for Web services.
- Debuts Sun Fire 280R workgroup servers. Sun Fire "midframe" computers introduced.
- iPlanet delivers first integrated wireless portal server.
- UltraSparc becomes available, now 72 processor server (up from 64).
- Sun announces the first Netra server to use Ultrasparc III technology.
- Sun also releases its Solaris 9 for testing.
2002 - Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications is the first Australian company to receive SunTone certification.
- Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and Sun Microsystems launch Interactive Television (iTV) application with back-channel functionality and using Multimedia Home Platform.
- Announces the iForce Storage Elite programme in February.