Sun Fire Boasts Technology, Deliver Platform for Secure Web Services

9/12/2002 - Answering customers' growing needs for a more secure and powerful Web services platform at an affordable price, Sun Microsystems delivers the Sun FireTM 280R server featuring the 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC® III Cu processor and the scalable and secure SolarisTM Operating Environment (OE). With the more powerful processor, the rack-optimized Sun Fire 280R server offers a performance increase of up to 17 percent over Sun Fire 280R servers with 900MHz UltraSPARC III processors. In addition, the Sun Fire 280R system comes bundled, at no extra cost, with the software required to run Web Services applications helping to enable customers to reduce implementation time and expense.

Making the Sun Fire 280R server an ideal platform for the delivery of Web services, the server will come standard with the new SunTM ONE Application Server 7, Platform Edition and the Sun ONE Studio 4 development tool, Community Edition and Mobile Edition bundled early next quarter. Sun has also pre-installed the SolarisTM 8 OE with Apache Web Server software. Sun has also introduced a special bundle for secure Web services with the Sun Crypto Accelerator 1000 Secure Socket Layer encryption card.

In addition to the Solaris 8 OE that comes standard on the Sun Fire 280R server, the availability of the Solaris 9 OE for the system adds enhanced security options for customers seeking a secure Web services platform. New security features in Solaris 9 benefit customers by protecting data through encryption of sensitive sessions, the inclusion of an enterprise-strength firewall/VPN, improved access control through single sign-on improvements and the ability to block unauthorized users from access to the network. The Sun Fire 280R server is one of the recommended platforms for Sun ONE Network Identity solutions and iForceSM perimeter defense solutions.

"The Sun Fire 280R server provides all the software required right out of the box for customers to deploy secure Web services with confidence as well as the performance benefits from the latest UltraSPARC technology," said Souheil Saliba, vice president of marketing, Volume Systems Products group of Sun Microsystems. "The Sun Fire 280R server has been one of the top sellers driving revenues for Sun in the volume space. From Q1CY02 to Q2CY02, Sun beat Dell, the new HP and IBM by growing faster than any other vendor in the dual-processor rack-optimized server market in both units and revenue"*

"We made the switch from Wintel servers to Sun and now all Desert Sky Software mission-critical applications and databases reside on Sun platforms," said Luke Holton, president of Desert Sky Software. "Our Sun Fire 280R servers are used not only as development and database servers but we also trust these systems for mission-critical applications. No other server we have found exceeds the reliability of the Sun Fire 280R."

"Reliability is one of the key pieces to running a successful production environment. Many of our servers have been running for 365 days without having to be rebooted. That's incredible reliability," said, Aaron Clark, Manager of Network Operations for Citadon. "The Sun Fire 280R servers were the right price point for us. But even more important than the economics is the superior processing speed we get from these servers."

Sun Crushes Wintel Competition With Benchmarks to Prove It
A low-cost, high-value, entry-level solution, the enhanced Sun Fire 280R is an enterprise-class, 4U rack-optimized server that delivers superior performance. In a Webbench 4.1 benchmark measuring dynamic Web server performance tested by PC Magazine in May 2002, the Sun Fire 280R outperformed Wintel and Lintel 2-way 2U and 3U servers from the new HP and IBM by more than 450 percent, demonstrating strong performance for Web transactions. These superior Web-focused performance results combined with aggressive pricing helps Sun customers ultimately take cost savings to their bottom line.

Pricing and Availability
The Sun Fire 280R server features up to two high performance Ultra SPARC III Cu processors, Sun's Fireplane Interconnect that runs at a maximum of 4.8GB/s, redundant, front-accessible power supplies and Fibre Channel disk drives, and Remote System Control (RSC). The server with two 1.015 GHz processors, 2 GB of memory, two 36 GB 10Krpm FC-AL drives, redundant power supplies, DVD-ROM and Remote System Control is available immediately, starting at $19,995 list price U.S. directly from Sun and authorized Sun Resellers.

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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.

*Source: IDC's worldwide quarterly server tracker 2Q02 for all OS.

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