Sun Heats Up Disk Storage Systems Industry

9/19/2002 - Sun Microsystems announced that it is the fastest growing company in the storage industry in the second quarter 2002 according to IDC. Sun is the only company to experience double-digit growth in significant revenue, capacity and systems shipped categories including all operating systems as well as UNIX, open systems and SAN revenue. The report also indicates that Sun was number one in worldwide UNIX revenue and that Sun's storage revenue grew 30 times faster than the overall storage market in Q2 2002.

These rankings and Sun's storage achievements can be attributed to the strong line of integrated products and services such as the Sun StorEdgeTM storage systems and Sun's leading Complete Storage Solutions.

"IDC's recent report is a validation that Sun StorEdge Complete Storage Solutions are gaining marketshare faster than any other company as customers move to Sun for an end-to-end solution," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president for Sun Storage. "Sun Storage is growing at the expense of competitors due to our ability to offer a complete end-to-end IT infrastructure for the entire enterprise. I'm proud of the outstanding execution from the team."

Sun is the only vendor to gain or maintain its ranking in major revenue, capacity and systems shipped IDC categories. In many instances Sun maintained its ranking and gained marketshare, while all key competitors lost share in at least one category. IDC also indicated strong improvement for Sun in the worldwide open systems category for both disk storage systems revenue and terabytes shipped. This category includes storage that is attached to servers running UNIX, Linux, Windows 2000 or other network operating systems, such as Novell.

About Sun Storage
Sun is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX and open systems storage market. Sun StorEdgeTM Complete Storage Solutions are optimized for the Solaris Operating Environment and tailored to Sun's server platform, while supporting heterogeneous environments. Sun is the #1 worldwide UNIX storage supplier, #1 external UNIX systems vendor in both terabytes and systems shipped, #1 storage provider in host-attached external storage, and received the #1 storage ranking in the VARBusiness Report Card.

About SunNetwork 2002
The SunNetwork 2002 Conference and Pavilion is the only conference dedicated to showcasing end-to-end solutions from Sun and its partners that have revolutionized the Internet, networking and computing industries. SunNetwork 2002 has over 7,000 attendees at its inaugural event this week participating in over 100 technical sessions and bird of a feather sessions addressing Sun system architecture, network and computing management, services development tools and techniques. SunNetwork 2002 has been co-sponsored by SAP, Sybase, MatrixONE, PTC, Vignette and JNI Corporation and has over 140 technology exhibits demonstrating how Sun's technology is solving real-world technology and network challenges.

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.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun StorEdge and The Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively license through X/Open Company Ltd.

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