6/26/2002 - H.E. Butt Grocery Company (H-E-B) has chosen Sun Microsystems, Inc. and its industry-leading technology partners to help develop and deploy technology solutions that can address its business-critical retail needs. Based on the Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) platform, including the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, Sun ONE Identity Server and Sun ONE Portal Server, the solution provided to H-E-B features applications from best-of-breed retail partners to help provide H-E-B with a leading-edge application infrastructure for working more efficiently and cost-effectively with employees, customers and suppliers. In addition, by standardizing on Sun's open standards-based architecture, H-E-B estimates that it will be able to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with the maintenance and management of these systems.

"We went with Sun Microsystems because we saw they provide a solution and a vision dedicated to making our retail grocery business an ongoing success. Sun's technology foundation and its partners give H-E-B the flexibility and reliability necessary to meet our customer and business needs," said Don Beaver, chief information officer at H-E-B. "Sun really made a point of understanding our business so together we could architect a solution that would enhance our competitive advantages. With Sun behind us, we are confident we will be able to meet challenges - from scalability to availability - that this industry throws our way in years to come."

"Designing, building and deploying systems takes strong relationships with key partners, a solid services and software organization, and deep experience in building mission-critical solutions," said Bob DeLaney, director, retail industry solutions worldwide, Sun Microsystems. "The open standards-based Sun ONE architecture is at the heart of H-E-B's innovative solution, which is geared to help H-E-B deliver the flexibility, scalability and reliability necessitated by some very demanding quality-of-service requirements."

Needing a highly available, scalable and reliable platform infrastructure, the H-E-B platform infrastructure is powered by 12 Sun Fire Midframe servers running the Solaris Operating Environment in high availability clusters using Sun Cluster software. Sun's consultants designed and deployed the solution, which includes the Sun ONE Identity Server and Sun ONE Portal Server, providing identity management and portal-based service delivery for H-E-B's supply chain, HR, inventory and pharmacy applications.

Sun in Retail
Sun's global retail clients include hard and soft goods specialty businesses, discount and mass merchandisers, department stores, food service, grocery businesses, convenience store businesses, chain drug stores, electronic retailing merchants, catalog and home shopping. Fast-growing retailers are building their technology foundations on Sun Enterprise[tm] servers, the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and Sun StorEdge[tm] arrays. Sun can offer the scalability to help ensure retailers meet the extreme load demands they experience in seasonal peaks throughout the year. Additionally, with its iForce Initiative, strong relationships, open infrastructure and best-of-breed iForce partners, Sun can help support the retail enterprise, from stores to headquarters to distribution centers, enabling traditional transaction management, training and corporate communications.

About H-E-B
Founded in Kerrville, Texas in 1905, H-E-B proudly employs 55,000 employees and operates 300 stores throughout Texas, Louisiana, and internationally in Mexico. Additional company information can be found at www.heb.com

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 http://sun.com

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