Sun Powers Leading Provider of e-learning Solutions

2/27/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and WebCT, one of the world's leading providers of e-learning solutions for higher education, are rapidly putting web-based learning on the map as the number of worldwide joint installations for WebCT's Academic Enterprise System continue to rise. Of the 68 installations of WebCT Vista[tm], a J2EE[tm]-compliant e-learning platform, 67 are currently running on Sun[tm] systems and the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, demonstrating both technology leaders' commitment to and expertise in helping academic institutions efficiently deliver courses over the Web.

Already, Sun and WebCT have grown their global installation base to include customers in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, India, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. Most notably, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada -- Sun's first Center of Excellence for E-Learning -- offers one of the world's largest university e-learning sites with more than 150,000 enrollments in WebCT-based courses.

Based on their five-year relationship, Sun Microsystems and WebCT continue to successfully leverage their respective areas of expertise to provide joint customers with the e-learning solutions they need to meet the unique requirements of the higher education market. WebCT delivers one of the most advanced technologies available to support enterprise-wide e-learning initiatives and Sun Microsystems offers a proven platform, including Sun Fire[tm] servers and the Solaris Operating Environment, for providing the reliability, scalability, availability and security that Web-based learning demands.

"WebCT on the Sun platform gives academic institutions the unprecedented ability to centrally support multiple research institutions, colleges or departments in a single installation, anytime, anywhere, on any device, with unparalleled reliability,"said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Our ever-growing joint customer base is a sign of customers' confidence in both our and WebCT's ability to provide high-quality educational experiences via the most advanced and dependable market solutions."

With WebCT Vista on Sun, institutions have an extensible, enterprise-class architecture that delivers a flexible learning framework, an integrated teaching and learning suite and a personalized e-learning gateway for greater access to all enterprise constituents. Furthermore, as a result of performance testing, WebCT and Sun have developed comprehensive configuration guidelines for Sun hardware and software to assist customers in their technology planning and budgeting process.

"Our mission is to help institutions deliver on their commitment to educational excellence by providing the most advanced e-learning systems in the industry," said Carol Vallone, CEO of WebCT. "Working with Sun, we're able to confidently deliver to our customers the reliability and high availability they demand, while making use of an institutions' existing intellectual and technical resources. Ultimately, WebCT and Sun empower institutions to deliver the quality learning that their institution is known for without exorbitant costs, simply by expanding campus boundaries without expanding facilities. We look forward to working with Sun to continue improving the academic offerings of educational and research institutions worldwide."

WebCT Vista is based on key academic technology standards, including IMS and SCORM, in addition to Sun's J2EE platform. It is designed to incorporate a campus' entire enterprise. By enabling institutions to centrally support their constituents including students, faculty, administrators, and CIOs in a single installation, universities may optimize their technology resources, maximize their investment in necessary hardware, and ensure greater system reliability and performance.

About WebCT
WebCT has set the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in Lynnfield, Mass., WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to achieve their unique objectives. Thousands of colleges and universities around the world - from community colleges to large university consortia - have standardized on WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information, please visit

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, J2EE, Solaris, Sun Fire, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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