Sun Manages More than 1.7 Million Students with Web-based Info System

7/1/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and The Administrative Assistants Ltd. (AAL) surpassed the one-million-mark, hosting more than 1.7 million students on their Web-based student information systems (eSIS[tm]) to manage student records. Sun and AAL also added Seattle Public Schools to their joint customer portfolio, helping more than 3,000 schools provide a secure, centralized point of access to manage student records such as registration, attendance, grade reporting, diploma management, disciplinary processing, school transfers and student demographics.

Working within tight timing and budget parameters, Sun and AAL helped Seattle Public Schools stage, install, integrate and deploy the eSIS solution for Seattle Public Schools for launch into 70 schools in August 2003 in line with the upcoming school year. When eSIS is fully implemented, over 100 schools will be using the system. With eSIS, teachers and administrators will have improved access to real-time student data from any computer, anytime, anywhere lowering school administration costs and improving data management.

Components of the eSIS solution included AAL's comprehensive software and a variety of Sun Fire servers, including Sun Fire V880s, Sun Fire V480s and Sun Fire V280s, running on the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE).

When Seattle Public Schools looked at implementing a student information system, we needed top-notch functionality as well as easy access for teachers and administrators, said John Rowlands, director of information systems for Seattle Public Schools. Like many schools, we are faced with the challenge of readying our systems for NCLB requirements, all within shrinking state budgets. Sun and AAL provided all of the functionality and security that we needed, and we are on schedule and on budget for full implementation of the first 70 schools in August.

As more and more schools in the Pacific Northwest look to implement Web-based student information systems, we're seeing more of this happen on Sun, said Linda Cook, director of marketing for AAL. Sun and AAL offer customers a scalable, comprehensive and cost-effective SIS solution, with rock-solid security to address elevated concerns about the safety of online student identity.

Sun understands the unique challenges that face the education community, especially now, with rigid standards around NCLB compliance and dwindling IT budgets, said Dinesh Bahal, director of Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. We're committed to providing an open, secure networked system that will help schools manage student information and learning content, keeping operations running smoothly, and saving time and resources for teachers and administrators.

About eSIS
AAL's eSIS is designed as a complete, Web-based real-time information system for the tracking and management of student data from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and into adult/continuing education. This enterprise-wide system is engineered for optimal performance and ease of use by school districts, regional education agencies, application service providers and state departments of education. For more information, visit

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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