Sun's iForce Program Grows as More Partners Embrace Low-cost Computing

5/21/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) added 100 iForce(tm) partners to the list of independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators and channel partners supporting Sun's low-cost computing strategy. Today, over 1000 applications from more than 600 ISVs are available on Sun's Solaris x86 Platform Edition.

To further expand the reach of Solaris x86, Sun also announced the availability of its hardware compatibility test suite (HCTS) which enables independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to self-certify their x86 platforms. The Dell 2650 and Micron 1610 are among the first hardware platforms certified by Sun.

"Our hardware, software and channel partners are all looking to provide their customers with a secure and scalable alternative to Windows," said Mark Tolliver, executive vice president, marketing and strategy, and chief strategy officer, Sun Microsystems. "Solaris x86 provides customers with enterprise-class availability and scalability with military-grade security. Our network of partners are helping us expand our Solaris x86 and Linux systems into the marketplace and target the enormous opportunity the $30 billion low-cost computing market represents."

iForce development partners porting applications to Solaris x86 include: Oracle, Computer Associates, Callisto, Check Point, Continuous Computing Corporation, DeepNines, Financial Fusion, INCOGEN, Inc., Legato Systems, MatrixOne, OATSystems, RSA Security, SAS Institute, SunGard, Sybase, TIBCO Software, Ulticom, Urchin Software, XACCT Technologies and Zend Technologies.

"As pioneers in real-time distributed computing, TIBCO and Sun have together built a reputation of trust and reliability, to help our customers cut out waste and improve enterprise efficiencies," said Keith Goldstein, vice president of global alliances, TIBCO Software, Inc. "Our commitment to the Solaris x86 platform gives our customers new flexibility to meet their real-time integration needs across the spectrum from modular blade to high-availability computing supporting the same trusted Solaris operating system."

To widen market share in the low-cost computing market, Sun will offer increased financial incentives to distribution and reseller partners, offer promotional units of the new Sun Fire(tm) V60x and V65x systems, and simplify certification requirements. Initial distribution and reseller partners include: GE Access, Insight, PC Connection, Tech Data, and the MOCA division of Arrow Electronics.

"Customers look to our reseller community for high-quality, affordable server and storage technologies with enterprise class performance and management functionality," said Joe Serra, Tech Data's vice president of systems product marketing. "Sun's Solaris x86 based strategy drives new market opportunity for our partner community, allowing them to deliver low-cost solutions with increased choice and flexibility to their customers."

The benefits to customers and partners of the Solaris x86 computing platform include:

More information on Sun's low-cost computing strategy can be found at

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