Sun Unix-based Server Delivers Scalability with E-learning Solution from VIP Tone

10/15/2002 - Sun Microsystems, announced performance test results with a Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM)-based online assessment solution for K-12 and higher education e-learning markets. Tested and documented in Sun's Global iForce Ready Center, VIP Tone's Quiz Studio® assessment technology solution supported more than 21,000 concurrent test takers with a single 16-CPU server architecture SunFireTM 6800.

Quiz Studio's web-based software empowers teachers to create, validate, deliver, score and analyze interactive tests and questionnaires over the Internet. Its patent-pending technology, Q-Expert®, automatically validates the test items stored in Quiz Studio test item repository, while enabling the delivery of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) online. Deployed as an application service provider (ASP) solution, whereby results from various online test takers system-wide are centrally administered, it enables real-time data-driven decision support and reporting tools for teachers and administrators.

About VIP Tone
VIP Tone, Inc. provides a unique data integration and knowledge management platform for the global K-12 education market that is a key enabler in addressing the market's two highest priorities: measuring and benchmarking of student achievement and improving school accountability. This platform integrates various networks for communications, computing and information, into a single, remotely managed, broadband-based secure network. VIP Tone's solution integrates enterprise data for data-driven decision support, student assessment and school accountability reporting, while enabling student-centric achievement measurement and e-learning tools. VIP Tone's major client base consists of five of the six Australian State departments of education. VIP Tone is a privately held company headquartered in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with an Australian subsidiary, VIP Tone Australia PTY, Ltd., based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and student instructions systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools and extending to all levels of higher education.

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, Java, J2EE, Sun Fire,the Sun logo, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.

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