Faster Processing Power Leads Customers to Sun Fire Four-way Systems

10/23/2003 - Strengthening its revenue growth in the four-processor, rack-optimized server market(1), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced new customers choosing its four-way systems. In addition, the Sun Fire V480 server, previously offered with 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC® III Cu processors, now features faster 1.2 GHz USIII Cu processors, and the highly scalable and secure Solaris Operating System. Customers running their IT environments on the Solaris 9 Operating System can deploy the Java Enterprise System that is anticipated to be available later this year.

The Sun Fire V440, the lowest priced, four-way, rack-optimized server in its class -- up to 50 percent less than comparable Dell, HP and IBM system offerings, features USIIIi processors for 64-bit computing. The Sun Fire V440 server has also realized support from customers such as Texas Instruments and Motorola Ireland, and leading iForce Partners, including BEA, Kasenna and Sybase.

The Sun Fire V480 server is ideally suited for the high-end entry server market, based upon its larger cache size, bus speed and memory capacity. Not only does this system prove to be a low-cost, highly reliable and powerful system for Mt. Sinai Hospital based in Toronto, Canada, but also ranks high with healthcare institutions in the U.S. such as University Hospitals Health Systems (UHHS). UHHS is implementing new, mission-critical Oracle® E-Business Suite 11i applications and chose Sun systems for its significant price-performance and scalability features. The UHHS implementation is one of the largest ERP systems to be found in the healthcare industry.

"As our customers' web and database applications increase in size and complexity, there is an expectation for the underlying technology to support higher volume at reduced administration and operating costs," said Kathy Pries, group marketing manager, Volume Systems Products at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Our low-cost and leading price-performance Sun Fire V440 and V480 servers offer proven reliability, proven scalability, and deliver a proven, leading revenue stream for Sun. With the increased demand for four-way systems that have faster speed, better performance and greater throughput, more customers choosing Sun systems for their IT solutions are expected."

Sun Fire V480 Servers Play A Vital Role in Raising Money for the UK and Africa
One of the largest charities in the UK, Comic Relief, raises money for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people across the UK and Africa. Comic Relief organizes a fundraising event called Red Nose Day every two years. It is the biggest TV fundraising event in the UK calendar - culminating in a live BBC ONE broadcast.

Sun Microsystems provided hardware, software and technical support for the web site infrastructure for Red Nose Day 2003, helping to enable nearly one million visitors access to during the five-week campaign period. The visitors downloaded over 40 million pages of content, and donated over $5 million (USD) in just five hours during the TV program.

The infrastructure included a variety of Sun equipment including two Sun Fire V480 servers that helped support all the email and application services; Sun StorEdge 3910 and 9900 arrays that helped support the database functionality, high availability and continuity planning; the Solaris 9 Operating System and Sun Cluster 3; and a three node all-active Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters hosted on three Sun Fire V880 servers.

"Without the powerful Sun Fire server infrastructure, we would not have been able to handle over 100,000 transactions in such a short period," said Martin Gill, new media fundraising manager at Comic Relief. "Sun Microsystems helped the overall success of the fundraising campaign due to the reliability and scalability of their products. As a key partner alongside Cisco, Energis and Oracle, Sun Microsystems helped enable us to make the Net work, so we could concentrate on the job of raising money."

Sun Fire V480 and V440 Servers are iForce Program Ready
To help customers accelerate time-to-revenue in the development of voice and data solutions, Sun and Lucent announced the iForce solution for Enhanced Communications, which runs on the Sun Fire V480 server. More information on the Sun and Lucent iForce Solution For Enhanced Communications, can be found at:

In addition, several leading software vendors have already tested the Sun Fire V440 server to help ensure it can meet customer expectations for application performance, and here is what they are saying:

"BEA Systems considers the Sun Fire V440 server a leading hardware platform to run BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1. The Sun Fire V440 server can offer customers proven reliability, competitive pricing and the ability to expand, which can make the Sun Fire V440 server a great value for WebLogic Platform customers," said Erik Frieberg, senior director of product marketing, BEA Systems.

"Sun is a key development platform for Kasenna and having advanced access to test new products is an exciting opportunity for us to benchmark new product performance sooner. Our carrier-grade customers are always looking for the highest performance products on the market for their advanced TV services deployments," said Mark Gray, CEO, Kasenna.

"Sybase's ongoing collaboration with Sun continues to change the rules of the game for enterprises of all sizes seeking new levels of performance and cost savings in data warehousing. Sun's latest generation of servers, the Sun Fire V250 and Sun Fire V440 servers, running Sybase IQ 12.5, does much more than offer the market a new standard for speed in enterprise analytics. Together, we've shattered performance records while virtually eliminating the need for additional storage. We look forward to partnering further with Sun to offer the market dramatic new performance gains as well as cost savings," said Deborah Harrington, senior director, partner marketing, Sybase.

Pricing and Availability
The Sun Fire V440 server starts at $9,995 with 2 CPUs and 4GB of memory. The Sun Fire V480 server starts at $19,995 with 2 CPUs and 4GB of memory and is also available in certain configurations with the faster 1.2 GHz USIII processors. The systems are available now through Sun's iForce Partners and can be pre-configured and integrated at Sun prior to shipping through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program.

About the Solaris OS and Java Enterprise System
Customer value will continue to increase with the recently announced Java Enterprise System. The Java Enterprise System can offer users an integrated software system of network services - all for $100/employee per year, at unlimited scale for internal and external deployed applications. With the Java Enterprise System and the Solaris OS, Sun is providing one of the most affordable, reliable and secure software infrastructures in the industry.

All prices are derived from Sun's U.S. Price List. Prices may vary in other locations.

(1) According to industry research firm IDC, Sun is tied for number one in revenue in Q2 2003 for the four-processor rack-optimized market (all OS) and grew more unit and revenue market share in the four-processor rack-optimized market (all OS) than any other vendor year-over-year. Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker Q2 2003

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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