Sun, AMD Target Enterprises with Optimized Solaris, Linux, Java Platforms

11/18/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced a strategic alliance through which Sun will deliver new AMD Opteron[tm] processor-based Sun Fire systems and versions of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and the Java platform as well as Linux OS. The new Sun Fire servers will provide customers with all the benefits of the Solaris OS and the Java Enterprise System running on industry standard x86 architecture with breakthrough AMD Opteron processor performance. The alliance plans to also include long-term joint technology development to create future hardware and software offerings.

"Over the past year we've made a dramatic move in leveraging industry economics to bring customers the enterprise-class benefits of our Solaris OS and Java technology at compelling price points," said Scott McNealy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This means that Sun customers can now get all the benefits of Solaris OS, Linux and Java technologies running on their choice of UltraSPARC® and x86 systems. With the addition of the AMD Opteron processor, we are setting a new industry standard by delivering even more choice and performance to our customers."

By offering both Solaris OS and Linux, Sun customers will have a choice of enterprise operating systems and access to thousands of applications. In addition, Sun's Java Enterprise System will enable Sun's customers with AMD Opteron processor-based systems to develop and deploy applications in a simple, predictable, cost effective manner.

"Today's agreement with Sun is a strong validation of AMD's growing customer acceptance inside the enterprise," said Hector Ruiz, President and CEO of AMD. "The combination of Sun's network computing expertise and the AMD Opteron processor platform will allow IT customers unprecedented flexibility and scalability. Sun's support adds additional momentum to our growing AMD Opteron processor ecosystem."

"In May of this year, Scott and I outlined our vision for a highly scalable but low-cost computing infrastructure," said Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation. "Today, Sun, AMD and Oracle are working together to deliver on that vision. Soon Oracle will run on AMD Opteron under both Solaris and Linux. These new systems offer the rare combination of 64-bit big system performance and a very low price tag."

The strategic alliance between the two companies will include:

Industry Leaders Endorse Alliance
Key independent software vendors such as BEA Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Computer Associates, Documentum, MatrixOne, Oracle, SAP AG and Synopsys, Inc., are pledging support for this new standard in network computing.

About AMD
Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- 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 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, Sun Fire, iForce and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd. AMD, the AMD Arrow Logo, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. Sun, Solaris, Java and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. or other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/of its affiliates.

Partner Quotes

BEA Systems
"BEA has always recognized that customers demand a choice of operating systems, low-cost hardware and a faster time to value when developing and deploying on the BEA WebLogic Platform. Our commitment in these areas has not only helped fuel the success of Linux on the Intel architecture, it underlies our support for Sun's Solaris x/86 and Linux and strongly positions us as we continue our go-to-market strategy with Sun on their low-end hardware platforms."

Olivier Helleboid, Executive Vice President, Products
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
"As a leader in the electronics design chain, we have seen increasing customer interest in AMD's Opteron processors. Cadence supports Sun in its adoption of Opteron-based systems for use with our new generation design platforms."

Lavi Lev, Executive Vice President and General Manager
Computer Associates
"The joint work Sun and AMD are undertaking dramatizes how customers' platform options continue to evolve in order to meet growing demands for performance and cost-efficiency. Computer Associates will provide customers with the management solutions they need to get maximum business value from this new platform -- enabling them to incorporate it seamlessly into their existing enterprise environments."

Sam Greenblatt, Senior Vice President & Chief Architect, Linux Technology Group
"Sun and AMD's announcement to deliver Opteron-based systems will benefit our customers looking for horizontal scalability. The new systems are a great platform for Documentum's enterprise content management solutions and combined with Sun's Java Enterprise System offer industry leading price/performance."

Rob Tarkoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
"MatrixOne has always focused on providing customers with the business processes and technical flexibility they need to achieve their strategic objectives. Today, innovative companies are looking to embrace strategies -- such as the outsourcing of product design efforts to offshore partners -- that will transform their business and allow them to most effectively deliver the right products to market. These new offerings from Sun and AMD will provide customers with the scalability they need to conduct business in an increasingly distributed global environment and achieve new levels of success."

John Fleming, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing
Synopsys, Inc.
"Synopsys is recognized as a leading provider of products that encompass both the 32 and 64 bit EDA environments. The Opteron solution provides a seamless environment to meet these high performance requirements. Opteronís price/performance ratio coupled with Solaris or Linux from Sun could provide a promising solution for our mutual customers."

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