Sun Microsystems Outperforms Top Three Server Competitors

12/8/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced that the company achieved double-digit server unit growth both year-to-year (+29%) and quarter-to-quarter (+21%) according to the 3Q03 Worldwide Server Quarterly Statistics Database by Gartner Dataquest released yesterday. On a quarter-to-quarter growth basis Sun outperformed its top three server competitors in the all OS, UNIX and UNIX+Linux unit shipment category. The company also demonstrated significant gains in the sub-$25K server market (all OS), where Sun grew unit and revenue market share faster than the top 3 vendors in the category.

"We're moving faster than our competitors to pass lower cost systems on to our customers and that is reflected in our unit gains," said Larry Singer, Sun's senior vice president, global market strategies. "As we continue to ramp up our capabilities in x86 and Opteron-based systems--as well as maintaining price/performance with our SPARC-based systems--Sun expects to achieve even higher volumes, while taking share from competitors."

Additional Sun highlights according to Gartner/Dataquest include:

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