6/27/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) introduced Oracle9i Release 2 and Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) solutions on the newly announced four-way Sun Fire[tm] V480 server for enterprise businesses at PC server prices. The comprehensive solutions are available through Sun's Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program. Customers of Sun and Oracle can get a complete Sun/Oracle solution, integrated in Sun factories and built to customers' specifications, further accelerating acquisition and deployment.

"Sun and Oracle not only deliver a complete solution for a customer's data center, but also offer significant cost savings," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Platform Alliances, Platform Technology Division, Oracle Corporation. "The combination of the Oracle9i Database and Oracle9iAS running on Sun's Sun Fire V480 provide a robust, scalable, highly performing platform. Additionally, customers who chose to have Oracle9i Database and Oracle9iAS installed and configured through Sun CRS will save even more time and money by speeding up acquisition and reducing deployment time."

"We've put the industry's leading database on Sun's newest server platform to deliver a cost-effective, high-performance solution for enterprise customers," said John Davis, a senior director in Sun Microsystems' Volume Systems Products Group. "The powerful combination of the Sun Fire V480 server and Oracle9i provides a highly scalable solution that has the higher performance, bigger memory capacity and faster throughput capability necessary to manage the ever-expanding workloads that our customers are facing today."

New ECperf Benchmark Results Announced for Oracle9iAS and Sun Fire V480 Server
Sun and Oracle posted excellent performance and price/performance ECperf benchmark results with Oracle9iAS and Sun Fire V480 servers running the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment ( Three Sun Fire V480 servers with 900 MHz UltraSPARC III® processors running Oracle9iAS and a Sun Fire V880 server with 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors running the Oracle9i Database Release 2 achieved 26,000 Benchmark Business Operations (BBops)/min@Std and $16 per BBops. The results demonstrate that the Sun Fire V480 server accessing an Oracle9i database server via Oracle9iAS is highly efficient in handling complex and realistic application-tier workloads containing substantial business logic data. The benchmark focuses on performance at the application-tier, modeling a Fortune 100 manufacturing business. Specifically designed to test the performance of J2EE-based multi-tier enterprise applications, the ECperf benchmark enables IT managers to model business functions such as ordering, and status checking, in order to enhance their effectiveness for web transactioning.

Sun Fire V480 Server: Faster Throughput, More Memory
The Sun Fire V480 server'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. The new server features up to four 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors in a rack-optimized 5 RU, 24-inch deep design. It supports up to 32 GB of memory and provides the flexibility to easily scale processing power and connect to external storage without wasting precious data center space, making it an ideal application server for a broad range of government, business and service provider customers. And the Sun Fire V480 server's eight MB of CPU cache is more than six times the capacity available on Wintel systems.

Oracle9i Database Release 2
Oracle9i Database is one of the most powerful databases available for enterprise applications, including Web sites, transaction processing, multimedia, content management, and decision support. Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters provides virtually limitless scalability and superior reliability and security for all packaged applications.

Oracle9i Application Server
Oracle9i Application Server is an integratable component of the open, standards-based Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), the vision, architecture, platform and expertise for developing and deploying services on demand today. Oracle9i Application Server features full J2EE support, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, application and business integration, wireless capabilities, Web services and more, all in one package. Because Oracle9i Application Server is J2EE compatible, J2EE applications developed on the Sun[tm] ONE Application Server or the Oracle9i Application Server are portable across both platforms. The new Sun[tm] ONE Studio development platform includes support for the Oracle9i Application Server, making it easy to develop across the Oracle and Sun ONE Application Server platforms depending upon customer requirements.

About Oracle
Oracle Corporation is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at

About the ECperf Benchmark
ECperf is a benchmark and implementation for measuring performance and scalability of J2EE servers. The benchmark was created under the Java Community Process by leading J2EE server vendors and Sun as the specification lead of the JCP Expert Group for the ECperf benchmark specification. The ECperf metric, BBops/min, is the sum of the number of transactions performed in the customer domain and the work orders completed per minute in the manufacturing domain. The transactions in ECperf are very heavyweight and contain substantial business logic and therefore should not be compared to other benchmark metrics. ECperf uses the portability of Java to ensure all vendors run the same code without change. For more information on Ecperf 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, Solaris, Sun Open Net Environment, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle International Corporation. SPARC® and UltraSPARC® are registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UltraSPARC® is licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc. Products bearing the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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