Howrey Simon Arnold & White Finds Sun Services Appealing

12/22/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, a leading international law firm, announced that Sun Services provided the design and implementation to help Howrey move its IT infrastructure from a distributed HP-based storage environment and Microsoft Windows-based servers to Sun StorEdge systems and Sun Fire servers.

Howrey projects that it will realize $2.87 million in annual savings and an additional $2 million to $4 million in annual productivity loss avoidance due to system interruptions and other downtime. The new data center infrastructure has helped to improve system performance by an estimated 20 percent. In its second phase, Howrey will rollout its worldwide enterprise identity-enabled portal, based on key components of the Java System platform, including the Java System Portal Server and Java System Identity Server.

"Our SAN is the cornerstone of a centralized IT infrastructure that supports all of our enterprise-wide business applications and data," said Bob Ruyak, Managing Partner and CEO of Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP. "Sun's combined services and technologies provide the price-performance we require in order to maintain our profitability objectives, ensure that our IT services are at a high level of availability and provide secure access to critical case evidence. Our attorneys can now focus on trying and winning their cases, not on administrative activities. With the rollout of our portal, we anticipate even greater efficiencies."

"Howrey required a robust IT environment to manage and support the ease of access and sharing of large volumes of legal documents, on average between eight million and nine million documents for a single case, across the enterprise," said Patricia Sueltz, executive vice president of Sun Services. "To improve profitability and productivity, Howrey turned to Sun to design an architecture and implement a centralized IT solution that allows quick access to a case or legal matters for its legal team and clients, while reducing IT costs."

To improve information accessibility, cut costs and ease system management, Howrey chose Sun's Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise Consolidation. Howrey consolidated its HP-based storage environment with a storage area network (SAN) based on Sun StorEdge 9980 system and Sun StorEdge L180 tape library for a heterogeneous server environment. Deployed in just 45 days, the new IT infrastructure supports the firm's most critical business applications, including solutions for document management, financial accounting and video conferencing.

Sun provided the design, development, system configuration and implementation support in helping Howrey consolidate its Microsoft Windows-based servers onto Sun Fire V880 and Sun Fire V480 servers integrated with a Sun Fire B1600 Platform, running the Solaris Operating System (OS), in a centralized corporate data center in Ashburn, Virginia. In addition, Howrey is changing the criteria from Microsoft platform-based applications to vendors who support the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture for improved utilization of its existing infrastructures. All applications that support Sun's Solaris OS were moved to Sun Fire servers to improve enterprise security and scalability.

Howrey is also currently working with Sun to design an integrated identity management portal solution based on the Sun Java System Portal Server, Java System Portal Server Remote Access Gateway and Java System Directory Server. The portal infrastructure will run on a Sun Fire 280R server and will provide enhanced security and a single point of authentication for all of Howrey's business critical applications for all aspects of the litigation process, from billing to document management to real time communications.

AT&T Managed Services hosts the server and storage environments, which are supported with a SunSpectrum Gold agreement. Sun also delivered staff training services on the new Sun StorEdge and Sun Fire technologies.

About Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP
Founded in 1956, Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, is an international law firm with over 550 attorneys and more than 50 economic, financial, and regulatory consultants. Howrey has offices in Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Irvine, Menlo Park and San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; London, England; Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium. Howrey's affiliates, CapAnalysis Group and Maxiam (intellectual asset management specialists) team with Howrey attorneys as a strategic business resource. As the winner of the 2003 Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Howrey is committed to the ideals of diversity. The firm is equally committed to the tenets of pro bono and public service participation. One of the most frequently used law firms in the nation among Fortune 250 companies according to the National Law Journal's survey of "Who Represents Corporate America?" Howrey's "Advantage of Focus" makes it the clear choice for intellectual property, antitrust, and complex business dispute resolution. For more information, visit our website:

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

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