6/19/2002 - Continuing its momentum in the enterprise business market, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today unveiled the Sun Fire[tm] V480 server featuring up to four 900 MHz UltraSPARC(R) III processors in a rack-optimized compact design. The entry-level server meets customers' demands for greater performance, memory and I/O throughput in a dense package and at a lower price than many competitive Wintel offerings.

The new Sun Fire V480 server strategically fits within Sun's high-volume entry level Sun Fire family, positioned between market leaders Sun Fire 280R and V880 servers. The new server provides a rack-optimized, high-performance system for the rapidly growing four-way server market space.

"The new Sun Fire V480 is a strong product offering from Sun," says Rich Partridge, VP Enterprise Servers, D.H. Brown Associates, Inc. "The Sun Fire V880 server has been well received in the very competitive Wintel marketplace. With the large memory capacity and attractive pricing of the Sun Fire V480 server, Sun is well positioned to continue its success in the entry level server market, serving the needs of enterprise businesses."

Customers Prize High-End Features for Enterprise Computing
The system's blazing fast Sun Fire Plane Interconnect provides 9.6 GB per second throughput, which is up to three times faster than Wintel systems on the market today. Additionally, the Sun Fire V480 server's eight MB of CPU cache is more than six times the capacity available on Wintel systems. The new server supports up to 32 GB of memory and addresses the shift in today's networking requirements toward greater reliance on rackable servers capable of handling computing tasks that continue to grow in size and complexity. The Sun Fire V480 server gives customers the flexibility to scale their processing needs and connect to external storage without wasting precious data center space, making it an ideal application server for a broad range of government and business customers, including financial services, manufacturing, education, telecom, retail, health care and service providers.

The Sun Fire V480 server's ability to reliably support hundreds of secure Web server users led to a new performance record for a four-way server on the SPECweb99_SSL benchmark(1). The Sun Fire V480 server supported 568 conforming connections, a result that is out of reach from any Wintel servers on the market today.

"With the new Sun Fire V480 server, we're building on the stellar success of our entry level Sun Fire server family with a premium four-way server, incorporating enterprise features and performance at prices that will certainly attract Wintel users along with our traditional customer base," said John Davis, senior director of Sun Microsystem's Volume Systems Products. "The Sun Fire V480 server offers high performance, a dense rack-optimized design, large memory and Sun StorEdge bundles to get directly at the heart of what enterprise customers are demanding today: better price/performance, more flexible systems, and lower cost of ownership."

Sun Fire V480 Server Offers Serviceability, Ease of Management, and Smooth Migration from NT Systems In addition to shipping with two or four 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors and supporting up to 32 GB of memory, the new systems also contain a DVD ROM drive, two hot-swap (N+1) power supplies, two hot-plug Fibre Channel disks (36 GB), integrated dual 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet, RSC, and six PCI slots - all in a 5 RU, 24-inch deep rack-optimized chassis.

The server also features front and back LEDs for quick and easy diagnosis of the system's state -- offering physical security by preventing access to enclosed hardware and preventing initiation of applications from unauthorized users. In addition, it provides automatic system recovery, which monitors key components and automatically configures around failed components, enhancing availability and minimizing the need for manual intervention. The Sun Fire V480 server also includes Remote System Control for monitoring and reporting system and component status, reducing the overall cost of system support.

Supporting open standards via the Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture to help build next-generation distributed computing models such as Web services, the Sun Solaris[tm] Operating Environment provides a highly scalable, secure and reliable foundation for migrating traditional software applications from NT systems. For more information on resources available today to assist with migration to the Sun Fire V480 server and the Solaris platform, visit

Pricing and Availability
The Sun Fire V480 server base configuration comes with two 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors, four GB of memory, and two 36 GB Fibre Channel disks. It is shipping today, starting at $22,995.00 list price U.S. orderable directly from Sun and authorized Sun Resellers.

A storage bundle is also available today, which includes the Sun Fire V480 server base configuration and a Sun StorEdge[tm] T3 Array, featuring nine 36 GB Fibre Channel disks, priced at $44,595 U.S. list.

Through the Sun Customer Ready Systems program, the Sun Fire V480 server can be configured and integrated in Sun factories along with other Sun and/or complementary third party products, simplifying and speeding deployment at the customer's site. For additional product 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 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Enterprise, StorEdge, Solaris, Sun ONE and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SPARC(R) and UltraSPARC(R) are registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UltraSPARC(R) is licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc. Products bearing the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

1) SPEC and SPEC WEB99_SSL (R) are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on as of June 18, 2002. For the latest SPEC WEB99_SSL benchmark results, visit

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