The Network Is Still the Computer

9/20/2002 - Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy kicked off Sun's user conference, SunNetwork 2002, beating a drum to the same mantra the company has held during its 20-year history, "The Network is the Computer." McNealy proclaimed Sun's unwavering commitment to its long-time corporate vision and focused business strategy. McNealy welcomed over 8000 IT managers, system administrators, software developers and 200 best-in-class partners from 35 countries and 14 industries to the three-day event at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

In his keynote address, McNealy assured the gathering of Sun customers and partners that Sun is well positioned to maintain its role as a leading information technology provider for network computing given its product line, solutions-led selling model, infrastructure focus, streamlined organization, ongoing investment in R&D and customer-focused strategy. For customers facing issues such as high IT costs on reduced budgets, complexity and security, McNealy reiterated Sun's ongoing commitments to its customers.

"Sun remains focused on three big commitments for our customers: choice, innovation and value," Sun CEO Scott McNealy said to the crowd of enthusiastic Sun users and partners. "From the first computer Sun ever shipped, we've offered open interfaces to ensure our customers are not locked in - making sure they have choice. Over the years we've invested heavily in R&D, delivering several great innovations. Finally, we promise value as leader in price performance."

At SunNetwork, Sun and over 200 best-in-class partners are addressing a collective vision to deliver cost-saving, open, innovative, secure technologies and solutions designed to help protect companies' competitive advantages. The conference will give customers and developers the opportunity to interact with Sun's technology experts and find cost-effective solutions to ongoing business challenges.

The leader in open network computing solutions, Sun has gained market share and customer investment by delivering bottom-line value, security, choice and innovation in its network computing systems. McNealy pointed out Sun gained market share in recent quarters and led worldwide UNIX market share for the last three years, highlighting the strength and value of Sun's products and services.

New from Sun
In his address, McNealy alluded to several announcements expected during the conference and in the future that complement Sun's long-standing end-to-end systems strategy including: a concept called N1 to address resource virtualization, a new open, enterprise client solution, several new security products and initiatives, and a new blade server line to be released by the end of the year. [See related product announcements for more detail]. In closing, McNealy voiced his enthusiasm for Sun and its partners and the importance of open interfaces, partnering, compatibility, choice and value to technology customers and reiterated Sun's long-standing focus on network computing.

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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