Sun Offers Java Enterprise System for $50 per Academic Employee

11/5/2003 - Continuing its mission to reduce cost and complexity while providing greater choice for the education community, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) extended its aggressive discounts on a broad range of software technologies for the higher education market. Sun unveiled the Java Enterprise System, a radical shift in the way that software is engineered, delivered, serviced, licensed and priced. The Java Enterprise System is offered at $50 per faculty/administrative employee per year, which dramatically reduces deployment costs for schools and puts an end to time-consuming software audits required by other vendors in order to set prices.

Sun's Java Enterprise System enables higher education customers to build world-class solutions to meet the needs of their internal and external academic communities. The education market is now able to deploy affordable and scalable systems on Sun's newest technology at extremely affordable prices. Universities today are faced with tightening budgets, while at the same time tasked with providing the latest, most secure technologies in order to support academic and research excellence. Education CIOs do not have time to perform tedious annual software audits while they are running full-scale university IT systems. With Sun's Java Enterprise System, infrastructure software is predictable in its price and delivery, with regular releases of the software system and easy access for evaluation. "We are continually evaluating our technology and the budget required to update, maintain and train our staff to use them. But with many vendors, it's difficult to predict licensing costs because they vary by numbers of users and deployments," said Kevin Legget, Assistant Director Enterprise Application Technology Services from Northeastern University. "The Java Enterprise System will dramatically reduce our acquisition costs with the attractive faculty and administrative employee pricing plan and provides us with a predictable cost structure for managing the University's IT budget."

Sun has already provided more than $7 billion in software, support and training to education and research communities by offering its broad range of software technologies and Web-based training curriculum to eligible institutions. Sun continues to be committed to advancing the student learning environment in the face of shrinking budgets.

"While other major technology vendors continue to lock schools into expensive and restrictive licensing agreements that they can't afford, Sun understands the unique technology needs and budget restrictions that schools face," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By offering a lower-cost alternative, Sun is changing the education technology market for the better ensuring that schools have the best, affordable options available for their specific computing needs."

The Java Enterprise System
The Java Enterprise System is a radical new approach for synchronizing IT investment with business priorities. It delivers value through three innovative elements. First, a new integrated, open, standards-based software system that delivers a core set of industry-leading enterprise network services: network identity; portal; communications and collaboration; application and web; availability; and security services. Second, a new development, test, delivery, and servicing approach enabling improved planning of software, services and resources to meet business needs. Then thirdly, a new business model that provides a single subscription and price for the software system, maintenance, support, consulting, and education services.

The Sun Java Enterprise System is a consolidation of Sun's entire network services architecture, priced at $50 per faculty member and administrative employee per year, with infinite right to use in Internet applications. Comprehensive new capabilities for the education market include identity and directory services; portal, communications and security services and an integrated Java Web services platform.

StarOffice in Education
The StarOffice donations to education institutions are part of Sun Microsystems promise to help equip students and teachers worldwide with access to the Internet and open source technology. To-date, Sun has given free StarOffice licensing to nearly 138,000 school districts, higher education institutions and Ministries of Education, in 19 countries, reaching millions of students around the globe. In total, these donations are estimated to be valued at more than $7 billion USD.

Sun recently released StarOffice 7.0 Productivity Suite for the education industry, an open-source based, full-featured office productivity suite that runs on Solaris Operating Environment, Windows and Linux and is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The StarOffice Suite has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities. Its major feature enhancements will increase the productivity of students, faculty and staff. Features such as exporting to Adobe PDF will enable users to exchange documents easily and Flash capability would allow to enhance the quality of presentations.

Additionally, Sun's major strides in Microsoft interoperability will allow the education community to leverage the volumes of content that exists today. And with StarOffice available to the education community at zero cost, software costs are dramatically reduced.

About Java Enterprise System
Serious software made simple, the Java Enterprise System seamlessly integrates award-winning and market-leading enterprise network applications and services at the heart of Web services. This complete system of standards-based software is delivered as one entity on a pre- integrated infrastructure. Radically simplified pricing -- $50 per faculty and administrative employee per year for the education market -- delivers the peace of mind CIOs need to focus on what they do best: leverage IT to achieve business goals. The Java System Portal Server, Java System Directory Server, Java System Identity Server, Java System Web Server, Java System Messaging Server Java System Calendar Server, Java System Instant Messaging and Java System Application Server are key components of Sun's Java Enterprise System.

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About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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