Sybase, Sun Roll Out Adaptive Server Enterprise on Solaris x86 Platform

12/17/2003 - Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), and Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced the general availability of Sybase® Adaptive Server® Enterprise (ASE) on the Solaris Operating System (OS) x86 Platform Edition. Additionally, Sybase ASE 12.5.1, Developer Edition is now co-packaged with Solaris OS SPARC and x86 Platform Editions, enabling customers to develop applications and evaluate the advantages of Sybase's enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) on the Sun platform. The availability of Sybase ASE with the Solaris x86 platform provides customers with security and services manageability, while offering a low-cost computing alternative.

Sun and Sybase are also announcing joint marketing and sales programs to address the growing interest and adoption of the Solaris OS x86 among Sybase's customers and partner community. With more than 400,000 registered licenses since January 2003, the Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition is rapidly gaining partner and customer momentum. With support from ISV partners such as Sybase, the Solaris x86 application portfolio continues to expand, now offering more than 1000 applications from over 600 partners. The Solaris x86 and Sybase solution is an attractive combination for the financial services industries, the companies will collaborate on vertical marketing opportunities to drive awareness and adoption of the solution.

"This alliance reflects our long-standing relationship in providing customers with secure, fast and innovative solutions, especially in the financial services market where Sybase is an undisputed leader," said Stuart Wells, vice president, Market Development, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With Sybase ASE on Solaris x86, our mutual customers will be able to take advantage of their applications across platforms while receiving the same level of reliability and performance at a superior price point."

"The scalability and high-performance of ASE 12.5.1 allows our customers to build, deploy and manage database applications on the most cost-effective platforms - including Sun Solaris," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager, Sybase Infrastructure Platform Group. "By pairing ASE with Solaris SPARC and x86, we are validating our commitment to bring value and low cost to our customers while maintaining the highest standards for availability, manageability and security."

Sybase ASE 12.5.1 x86 developer's edition on Sun's Solaris OS x86 platform is available now with prices starting at $1,495. For more information, or to place an order, please visit or call 1-800-8-SYBASE.

About Sybase, Inc.
Sybase enables the Unwired Enterprise by delivering enterprise and mobile infrastructure, integration and application development software solutions. Organizations can attain maximum value from their data assets by getting the right information to the right people at the right time and place. The world's most critical data in commerce, finance, government, healthcare and defense runs on Sybase. For more information, visit the Sybase Web site:

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, Java, Solaris, 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 in other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sybase and Adaptive Server Enterprise are registered trademarks of Sybase, Inc.

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