Sun Offers Linux Applications for x86 Systems

8/13/2002 - Sun Microsystems launched a new generation of low-cost, entry level x86 systems that will include — as part of the system — the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software stack and other key software offerings. Sun's first product in the entry level x86 system category, the SunTM LX50, is the industry's first enterprise-class, low-cost system to ship with pre-integrated and optimized software and applications — including Sun ONE software, Linux, SolarisTM Operating Environment (OE), and JavaTM technology. By pre-integrating its enterprise-class software into the Sun LX50, Sun is significantly changing the economics for its customers by offering one system, with both hardware and software, at one price.

The Sun LX50 enables customers to use Sun's high-performance, highly scalable Sun ONE software architecture to lower their total cost of ownership in the development, deployment, and delivery of web services on the Linux and Solaris OE platforms.

Sun will be delivering the Sun ONE software stack on its new line of x86 servers over the next two quarters. Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables the delivery and deployment of Web services. Nearly three million Java technology and XML developers, and the hundreds of thousands of Solaris and Linux developers can now develop, deploy, and manage their applications on an integrated, cost-effective, entry level system.

In addition, Sun will also be offering its key Sun ONE products pre-configured on the Sun LX50. By integrating its middleware products with Java technology and XML on a single system, customers automatically have all the tools they need to deploy their applications across any operating system. Since the tools are already integrated into the system, customers have everything already out of the box, with no downloads, installations, or hassles. The Sun LX50 stands apart from closed proprietary systems by offering the industry's first affordable Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM) development platform.

"Sun has always stood apart on choice and an open systems approach. Today we're combining both in a move that delivers as yet unseen value to customers," said Scott McNealy, Chairman, President and CEO at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Entry level systems are the fastest growing segment of our systems product line and with the Sun LX50 we're turning up the heat while expanding our available market. This unprecedented integration of software, applications and technology creates a new class of Linux and Solaris OE systems developers and lowers total cost of ownership for enterprises."

The new Sun LX50 system provides software to address customers' growing need to deploy infrastructure applications in the enterprise — such as Web serving, firewall/VPN, cache, file/print and streaming media — through low-cost hardware and software. Sun's enterprise customers can now deploy these infrastructure applications on the Sun LX50 — a horizontally-scaled, low cost hardware system that offers integrated and optimized middleware, mission critical applications, service and support — all on a low cost 32-bit system.

"Sun has a history of being the disruptive innovator — which we're now bringing to bear in the 32-bit marketplace," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Enterprises across the world seeking to transition off Microsoft's expensive and proprietary infrastructure, or those seeking to consolidate on a single Solaris OE or Linux platform, now have a world class option. What Java technology brought to the enterprise application developer, these new systems have the capacity to bring to the developer of edge applications. From Apache, to PHP to MySQL, to the entire Sun ONE stack, Sun's going to drive a new wave of innovation and adoption into making the Net work."

Linux and Solaris: Two Operating Systems, One Platform
The Sun LX50 is the first Sun server to offer customers either the Solaris OE or enterprise-ready Linux optimized for low cost x86 servers. The Sun LX50 is the ideal choice for Linux users who want to access open source software, download their own software, and have easy access to the Linux kernel. With Sun LX50, Solaris customers —who already have huge investments in systems administration expertise, development tools and applications — can now deploy their applications on a new, low-cost x86 system.

The Sun LX50 is the first general purpose Linux-based server from Sun. The Sun LX50 is based on the standard 2.4 Linux kernel and is pre-installed on the Sun LX50 as part of an optimized and integrated system with a focus on stability, security, ease of installation and set up and remote manageability. Linux, like the Solaris OE, includes optimized and tested drivers and easily integrates with JavaTM technology and the SunTM ONE platform. The Linux version of the Sun LX50 is also fully supported by Sun's professional and support services.

Sun ONE Software on Linux
The Sun LX50 comes preconfigured to run either Solaris or Linux with: JavaTM 2 Standard Edition; Sun ONE ASP for Linux; TomCat (JSP); MySQL (Database); Apache (Webserver); WU-FTPD (FTP); Sendmail (Email Server); Bind (DNS Server); Sun Grid Engine; the Sun Streaming Server and the Sun Streaming Server Admin Utility. The Sun Streaming Server is fully ISMA (Internet Media Streaming Alliance) compliant, based on open standards and is available for the Solaris and Sun Linux Operating Environments. This software solution will allow Sun customers to deploy video streaming of live events and on- demand videos — with up to 50 simultaneous streams — in a scalable, cost effective and easy to use fashion on the Sun LX50. The following software products, included in the Sun ONE stack, will be running on LX50 in the near future:

Sun applications and software will run on the Sun LX50 as Sun continues to innovate for the Linux and Solaris platforms.

About Sun Microsystems (
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — 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.

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