Sun Microsystems, SunGard form Partnership for Availability Services

2/21/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., and SunGard Availability Services, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), announced a joint agreement to market SunGard's industry-leading information availability services, including disaster recovery and high availability services. As part of a strategic alliance, Sun and SunGard will work together to create and sell new business continuity packaging for small, medium, and large customers, as well as high availability packages targeted for large-scale business critical environments.

The first to achieve SunTone[sm] certification for its disaster recovery service offerings, SunGard Availability Services running on Sun[tm] systems offers enhanced capabilities to help reduce exposure to lost information; help reduce overall business risks and help ensure that revenue streams stay intact. Through the combined strengths of the two companies, customers can realize maximum availability of services and minimize interruption to their business-critical information systems.

"This co-selling component of our alliance will benefit our existing customers and future prospects by providing an expanded menu of products and the highest degree of availability and recovery in the industry," stated Pat Doherty, senior vice president of marketing and business development for SunGard Availability Services. "With the recent SunTone certification of our services and our growing strategic alliance with Sun, we're taking the next step forward in fulfilling our vision of providing the industry's most experienced, comprehensive and innovative information availability services offering."

"We are very confident that our selection of SunGard as a partner for business continuance will be pivotal to the continued growth of our business," said Brett Paulson, chief information officer, Chicago Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. "Key to our decision was SunGard's maximum uptime capabilities coupled with their strong collaboration with Sun Microsystems who already provides a powerful infrastructure for our IT needs. We anticipate that the SunGard-Sun combination will help us further enhance the quality of service to our customers, which translates into higher return-on-investment for our business."

"We're very pleased to work with SunGard and believe SunGard Availability Services offers a holistic approach to business continuity by wrapping its arms around the people, networks, data and applications. At the same time, our alliance and joint agreement helps complete the circle of protection and connection," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Sun Microsystems Market Development Organization. "From the point of view of the customer, this joint agreement allows our sales organizations to sit down with customers looking to upgrade their business continuity plans and help identify the right balance between hardware improvements and low cost, shared services."

Customers who receive high availability services from SunGard can also utilize Sun StorEdge[tm] Availability Suite Software, or can incorporate the Sun Enterprise Continuity or TruCopy technology for extending clusters and SANs over distances. These high availability packages can utilize the disaster-tolerant capabilities of a SunPLEX system to extend clusters and SANs over long distances, including at local or campus sites, via the Sun Enterprise Continuity Solution. The Sun StorEdge availability software and Truecopy technology also can be incorporated in the high-availability packages.

Demonstrating its continued and growing commitment to deliver the highest level of services to customers, SunGard Availability Services continues to actively participate in the SunTone Architecture Council to extend its efforts for information availability, an aspect of the SunTone specification. SunTone certification provides a quality "seal of approval," confirming that SunGard Availability Services meets stringent scalability, availability, reliability and performance standards necessary for quality deployment and continuous availability of network service delivery.

About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services is the pioneer and leading provider of information-availability services, helping to ensure that more than 10,000 clients in North America and Europe have uninterrupted access to their business-critical information systems. With over 3 million square feet of hardened facilities, SunGard offers a complete range of information availability services for more than 30 technology platforms, from 48-hour disaster recovery hotsites to always-on, high-availability infrastructure, co-location and electronic vaulting services. SunGard also provides technology and systems management services for application and data center outsourcing, as well as business continuity consulting services and planning software. For more information about SunGard Availability Services, go to, or call 1-800-523-4970.

About SunGard
SunGard is a global leader in integrated IT solutions for financial services. SunGard is also the pioneer and leading provider of information availability services. SunGard serves more than 20,000 clients in over 50 countries, including 47 of the world's 50 largest financial services companies. SunGard (NYSE:SDS) is a member of the S&P 500 and has annual revenues of more than $2 billion. Visit SunGard at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- 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, StorEdge, SunTone, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. SunGard and the SunGard logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

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