Sun Makes Business Continuity Real with Pre-tested Solution that Enables its Customers to Continue Conducting Business

10/30/2002 - Sun Microsystems announced Enterprise Continuity, a solution that delivers real business continuance and addresses the biggest concern of its customers: the ability to continue conducting business - "no matter what."

With this solution, multiple data centers now act as one unified, productive data center. If one site goes down, transactions are quickly and automatically routed to the alternative site(s). There is no need for time-consuming re-start of applications and manual restore procedures. This greatly reduces the time to recovery, lowering costs and generating a better ROI for industry segments such as financial services, government, healthcare, retail and others. The Enterprise Continuity solution can provide significant value when one considers that the average cost in revenue per hour of downtime in a financial services company is $1,495,000, and $1,107,000 for a retail enterprise (Source: Meta Group June 2002).

"Today, most industries have a pain point regarding information management, security and business continuance. If their applications go down, they lose money, customers, perhaps even their existence," said Robert Gray, Storage Systems Research Director with IDC, Framingham, MA. "They need a proven solution enabling continuous access to applications and information, while providing both measurable ROI and long-term cost reduction. Sun's system-level solution appears to have taken these critical issues into account."

Demonstrating its value as a systems company, Sun designed and pre-tested the Enterprise Continuity solution which includes Sun's advanced UltraSPARC® processor-based servers, Sun StorEdgeTM Open SAN Architecture, Sun StorEdge storage arrays and SunPlexTM clustering technology, utilizing Sun Services, along with Nortel NetworksTM DWDM-based OPTeraTM 5200 Multiservice Platform, of which Sun is an authorized reseller. The Sun solution utilizes dark fibre and Nortel Networks optical technologies, saving companies up to 35% in the second year of implementation when compared to current solutions using traditional leased telephone lines.

Enterprise Continuity offers companies and governmental bodies the ability to cost-effectively separate data centers far enough apart to be protected in the case of a disaster. The result is increased assurance that their critical business information and applications are protected and always available. An additional benefit can be the substantial savings available by locating alternative data centers in suburban or rural areas versus more expensive urban locations. For example, a financial institution in New York could house its alternate facilities outside of Albany, in a more rural area, with a different climate, and less expensive real estate.

Supporting the emphasis on data continuance and business continuity, an inter-governmental consortium of four agencies published the "Draft Interagency White Paper on Sound Practices to Strengthen the Resilience of the U.S. Financial System" focusing on the subject in August 2002. In the white paper, designed to outline the baseline operational requirements for firms that play significant roles in critical financial markets, the consortium recommends establishing operational out-of-region backup facilities and the ability to fully recover critical activities the same business day of a disaster. The paper also makes the suggestion that corporations implement these and other initiatives addressing data continuance within the next year.

"As a result of data growing at amazing rates of 200-300 percent annually, many of our customers have had to expend significant resources to develop alternate data centers that, until now, could not provide the desired geographical distance and level of business continuance they need," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president, Network Storage Products Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This offering was designed to decrease the financial stress imposed on our customers and will do so through delivering the products, architectural know-how and services needed to build and support this comprehensive solution."

Sun Services, working with Nortel Networks, helps provide a complete solution that meets the unique requirements for each customer, including infrastructure design, training and proactive support that help make non-stop operations a reality. As a key element, Nortel Networks has joined the Sun Vendor Integration Program (SunVIP[sm]) to support this clustered long distance Storage Area Network (SAN)solution. Customers with specified service agreements have the flexibility and simplicity of contacting a single vendor who can provide fully integrated support for more efficient handling of service requests.

The Sun StorEdge 3900, 6900 and 9900 series storage systems and Sun FireTM 15k server have already been pre-tested and certified for this solution in Sun's SAN Verification Lab in Broomfield, Colorado. Certification of the remaining members of the Sun server and storage families is already underway and is expected to be completed in the near term.

Also offered under the Enterprise Continuity solution is Sun's data continuance portfolio including optimized SAN solutions, SAN solutions leveraging optical technologies to extend for distance, off-site back-up, mirroring, point-in-time copy, and remote replication, as well as proactive services and support.

About Sun Storage
Sun is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX and open systems storage market. Sun StorEdgeTM Complete Storage Solutions are optimized for the Solaris Operating Environment and tailored to Sun's server platform, while supporting heterogeneous environments. Sun is the #1 worldwide UNIX storage supplier, #1 external UNIX systems vendor in systems shipped, #1 storage provider in host-attached external storage, and received the #1 storage ranking in the VARBusiness Report Card.

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.

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