12/18/2002 - Manugistics Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MANU), and Sun Microsystems announced the companies are working together to boost performance for enterprise-wide fulfillment and replenishment planning systems for retail customers with a lower cost of ownership. As evidence, the two companies announced performance results for Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment 7.0 on the Sun configuration netted a 22% performance improvement over previous benchmarks on other platforms, at a dramatically lower price point.

During recent testing at Sun Microsystems Enterprise Technology Center Garrison Labs, engineers from Sun and Manugistics completed a 42-day stock-keeping replenishment plan of 12.4 million stock keeping units (SKUs) in one hour and 22 minutes. The performance test determines throughput for complex retail supply chain management. Engineers calculated more than nine million SKUs or 381 million planning elements per hour, results that are 22 percent greater than previous non-Sun performance results per processor and on an overall throughput basis. These benchmark results are posted at

Sun engineers tested the retail solution on 32 UltraSPARC III Cu processors running at 900 MHz on a Sun Fire[tm] 6800 server and a Sun Fire[tm] V880 server, with Sun StorEdge[tm] T3 disk arrays. The Sun configuration used approximately one-tenth of the memory and approximately half of the storage used in a competitor's previous test. Moreover, the Sun configuration has a significantly lower cost than other competing platform configurations, positioning Sun as the leader in overall performance per-CPU with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) running Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment 7.0.

Both companies agree, these breakthrough results were aided by Manugistics' leveraging of Java[tm] technology and intensive engineering collaboration and performance tuning, to help retailers of all sizes to deploy enterprise-wide fulfillment replenishment planning systems with much lower cost.

About Manugistics Group, Inc.
Manugistics leads the industry in delivering innovative pricing and supply chain software solutions. Today, more than 1,200 clients trust Manugistics to help them reduce costs, increase revenues and enhance margins. The company provides comprehensive solutions for supply chain management, service and parts management, pricing and revenue optimization, and supplier relationship management. Its clients include industry leaders such as 3Com, AT&T,, Boeing, Brown & Williamson, Caterpillar, Cisco Systems, Circuit City, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Airlines, Diageo, DuPont, Fairchild Semiconductor, General Electric, Kraft, Nestle, RadioShack and Unilever. For more information, go to

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

Manugistics is a registered trademark, and the Manugistics logo, the phrase "Leveraged Intelligence," Enterprise Profit Optimization and Manugistics NetWORKS are trademarks of Manugistics, Inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Java, SunStorEdge and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.

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