New Sun Fire is Ideal System for Mainframe Rehosting, Wintel Server Consolidation

2/11/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) unveiled the Sun Fire[tm] V1280 system the industry's first rack-optimized 12-way system to deliver enterprise-class availability and scalability at entry-level prices. Unlike competitor servers in its price range, the Sun Fire V1280 system delivers advanced availability, including Sun's proven Dynamic Reconfiguration technology and hot-swappable CPU/ memory boards. With the largest memory of virtually any 12-way system in its class, the Sun Fire V1280 system is ideal for a wide range of applications including mainframe rehosting, Wintel server consolidation and high performance technical computing (HPTC). The new rack-optimized 12-way system undercuts competitors' three-year acquisition cost for hardware, software, and support prices by over 15 percent.1

"Sun is expanding its midrange server family with more enterprise-class features at value price points," said Clark Masters, executive vice president, Enterprise Systems Products Group for Sun Microsystems. "Customers have told us that while lower acquisition costs are an incentive to buy in today's economy, the real attraction is lower total cost of ownership in a rack-optimized solution for server consolidation."

"Business process integration is critical to our computing environment, and the Sun Fire V1280 server brings together critical foundation building blocks to assist us in running and managing our data center more efficiently," said Chuck Sears, manager research computing, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. "With features such as Dynamic Reconfiguration of CPU and memory for 'hot swap' upgrades, expansion and maintenance, we can focus on our high performance technical computing (HPTC) scientific tasks rather than day-to-day system fire fighting. The Sun Fire V1280 server is great for HPTC and allows us to reduce complexity within our data center."

The Sun Fire V1280 system is based on Sun's robust Solaris[tm] Operating Environment(OE) and features the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun[tm] ONE) software stack. With binary compatibility from one to 106 CPUs and the broadest application support in the industry, the Solaris OE helps enable customers to easily and reliably deploy applications on Sun systems from the Sun Fire Blade Platform to the Sun Fire V1280 system to the high-end Sun Fire 15K system.

With its rack-optimized design, the Sun Fire V1280 system allows room in the same rack for an additional Sun Fire V1280 system and/or complementary components such as the Sun StorEdge[tm] 3300 Series of products, and the Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel array for direct and SAN attached storage, helping enable more CPUs per foot print and greater investment protection.

Sun Fire V1280 System Leads With Record-Breaking Performance and Scalability Not Available in Wintel Systems The Sun Fire V1280 system offers one of the largest memory systems in a single 12-way UNIX(r) system, with 96 GB, and 9.6 GB/sec system bandwidth to help ensure that applications run smoothly, and provide the scalability needed for applications that cannot scale in a Windows environment.

The system is designed to provide a secure, scalable and cost effective 64-bit platform for Wintel server consolidation and mainframe rehosting. Customers can consolidate multiple Windows database server applications onto a single Sun Fire V1280 system. Additionally, the Sun Fire V1280 system is an ideal mainframe alternative platform, well-suited for rehosting applications currently running on low-end OS/390 mainframes like IBM's z800.

The Sun Fire V1280 system delivered world record results on the SPECjAppServer2001 benchmark and demonstrated near-linear scalability on the SPEC CPU2000 benchmark.

"In today's economic environment, businesses want to reduce their total cost of ownership and gain improved price/performance at the same time," said Jean S. Bozman, vice president, Global Enterprise Server Solutions, IDC. "The Sun Fire V1280 server addresses both sides of the price/performance equation. It provides midrange-server capabilities in terms of feature/functions, database support and systems management, but it is priced like an entry server to compete with Intel-based Windows servers."

Customers Embrace Sun Fire V1280 System
The Sun Fire V1280 system is being used in high workload environments with customers such as DaimlerChrysler, Lucent Technologies, NEC BIGLOBE, Nortel Networks, and Oregon State University. eBay, the world's leading online marketplace for goods and services, is currently incorporating Sun Fire V1280 systems into its technology infrastructure.

Sun Maximizes Efficiency in the Data Center and Simplifies System Deployments
The Sun Fire V1280 system supports Sun Cluster[tm] 3.0 configurations, providing customers with higher availability of data and services through automatic fault detection and recovery. In addition, Sun's comprehensive portfolio of services, including Migration Services and Assessment Services can help customers quickly and cost-effectively architect, implement and manage deployment of the Sun Fire V1280 system into their IT environments.

New Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture Includes Sun Fire V1280 Platform
Sun today also announced the Mobile Location Services (MLS) Reference Architecture. Targeted at enterprises, the MLS Reference Architecture helps enable rapid deployment of revenue-generating mobile location services, such as a "Point of Interest" finder to locate a restaurant en route, or an "Asset Tracker" that allows managers to track and route delivery vehicles.

Scalable from thousands up to millions of subscribers, the MLS Reference Architecture is a completely tested, tuned and documented implementation that leverages Sun ONE, with Sun Fire V1280, V480 and 280R systems, and Sun StorEdge 3510 Fiber Channel arrays running in the Solaris 9 OE. The MLS Reference Architecture is based on open, industry standards, and includes hardware, middleware and software from partners including Foundry Networks, LocatioNet and Oracle Corporation.

Pricing and Availability for the Sun Fire V1280 System
The Sun Fire V1280 system is available immediately with a starting list price of $79,995 (USD) for: 4 x 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Cu processors, 8 GB of memory, 2 x integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2N power supplies, DVD-ROM, and 2 x 36 GB hard drives. Solaris OE license is included.

These new products are scheduled to become available through Sun's direct sales force and Sun's iForce partners worldwide, including GE Access, MOCA, eServ and Data Systems Worldwide. The systems also can be pre-configured and integrated at Sun prior to shipping through the Sun[sm] Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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1 Three-year cost of ownership for HW, SW, & support prices: HP rp7405 configured with 8CPU/16GB memory = $192,732; source: IDEAS International, as of 2/03/03; Sun Fire V1280 configured with 8CPU/16GB memory = $166,087.

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