12/17/2002 - BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), and Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to distribute an evaluation version of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0[tm] with the Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment System Administrator's Kit. The agreement is intended to maximize customer choice for J2EE[tm] application servers for enterprise and Web services, and provide customers a trial license of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0. Beginning with the January release of Solaris 9, BEA is slated to offer a six-month trial license with each WebLogic Server 7.0 distributed via the Solaris 9 System Adminstrator's Kit.

Solaris 9 is a key component of the Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun[tm] ONE), an open, integratable product portfolio designed to enable the development and delivery of Java Web services. The initiative demonstrates BEA and Sun's J2EE technology alignment as well as commitment to customer choice and success. The combined products help provide significant advantages to customers including speed of deployment, solution flexibility, interoperability, profitability and 24x7 operations.

"This initiative strengthens our relationship and underscores our commitment to customers to increase choice and reduce cost and time to deployment," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Sun Microsystems Market Development Organization. "By delivering a six-month trial version of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 with every Solaris 9 kit, along with the pre-loaded, fully integrated Sun[tm] ONE Application Server 7, Platform Edition, customers can realize the immediate benefit of choice and the open, integratable approach to enterprise and Net-based computing."

"Today's announcement supports BEA's objective of providing customers with a highly scalable solution that will enable them to compete in today's economy," said Gamiel Gran, vice president, global alliances, BEA Systems. "BEA is delighted to partner with Sun to offer this end-to-end integrated solutions approach."

About BEA
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for 13,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic« brand are among the most trusted names in business. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 81 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- 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 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, J2EE and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. BEA, Tuxedo, and WebLogic are registered trademarks and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Express, BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA WebLogic Java Adapter for Mainframe, and BEA eLink are trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc.

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