Sun Adds 10 New and Enhanced Components to Java Enterprise System

9/18/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced that its new Java[tm] Enterprise System includes 10 new and significantly enhanced components. The announcement establishes a new network infrastructure standard that competitors such as Microsoft and IBM will be held to. Sun is delivering a complete system where customers can rapidly deploy their services for faster time-to-market and a greater return on investment. Comprehensive new capabilities range from network identity services to portal, communications, security services and an integrated Java Web services platform.

As part of the Java Enterprise System, Sun also announced Software Express, a new methodology for the regular revision and enhancement of its flagship software platforms. This program is designed to provide customers access to Sun's recent innovations - an industry first.

Software Express for Solaris[tm] is the first offering structured to provide early access to components in advance of their commercial release. Sun Software Express ensures customers can see, evaluate, and understand the role of components in their system rollouts long before they are available in production-quality system releases. This monthly cycle is designed to provide operators and developers with advanced access to the technologies for planning and architecture purposes.

"Sun Software Express sets an even higher bar on the competition," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, Software at Sun. "The Java Enteprise System quarterly updates are now amplified by structured early access to all Sun technologies - offering the same synchronization, ease of evaluation and adoption as the core production systems. Software Express ensures our customers see a unified Sun providing them with a unified early access system to coordinate large-scale design and deployment decisions. This is another transformation of how we do business - making it easier and simpler every step of the way."

The Java Enterprise System includes the following network services and technologies:

Network Identity Services: Network Identity Services seamlessly extend secure access to the enterprise with shorter integration time and costs. Key Network Identity Services include: user management, authentication, Web single sign-on, secure policy enforcement and user account federation. Products that make up Network Identity Services include:

Web and Application Services: Continuing the fusion of Java technology and Web services, the Java Enterprise System includes static and dynamic Web content services, and secure Web services for Java software. Products included in these services include the Java System (formerly Sun ONE) Application Server 7, Platform and Standard Editions, the Java System Message Queue, and the Java System Proxy Server. New products announced today as part of the Java Enterprise System are:

"Vignette's long-standing alliance with Sun is continuing to drive the world-class service levels our joint customers have come to expect," said Leif Pedersen, vice president at Vignette. "When coupled with Vignette's J2EE-based product line, the new high availability features found in the Java Enterprise System will help us mitigate risks from planned or unplanned downtime, impacting customer service."

"With its superior availability, scalability and performance, the Java System Application Server 7, Enterprise Edition is a solid IT investment," said Silvia Ronzani, IT manager at BPB Assicurazioni S.p.A., a division of the Banche Popolari Unite, a leading financial institution headquartered in Milan, Italy. "The ability to scale our systems to handle growing and often unpredictable transaction loads is a critical factor in successfully managing our company's growth."

Portal Services: Sun is radically simplifying secure access to services and applications anytime, anywhere, from any device. Sun is the first to deliver secure, personalized, any-device access into one's portal and secure, seamless access among Liberty-federated portals. Portal Services include community creation, aggregation and presentation, personalization, multi-channel access and knowledge management.

Communication and Collaboration Services: Sun is taking productivity to the next level quickly and affordably by accelerating enterprise decision making. Communication and Collaboration Services reduce complexity at approximately half the cost of alternative enterprise solutions by enabling the consolidation of heterogeneous infrastructures and delivering consistent, simple end-user access requiring little or no retraining. Key services include mail, instant messaging, alerts, group, individual and resource scheduling, presence and multi-client support.

Availability Services: High Availability Service pack blends consulting, training and support services to deliver end-to-end support and expertise at every phase of the application lifecycle, leveraging the know-how and experience of Sun consultants, learning specialists and support professionals.

Sun Software Express for Solaris: Sun is the first company to offer customers high-quality snapshots of their future software features currently under development at regular monthly intervals. Software Express for Solaris is a Web-based program that gives customers a competitive edge, delivering state-of-the-art technologies with online support and a community forum. The program will include features of future versions of Solaris, such as NFS v4, the standards-based Network File System optimized for Internet use, DTrace - a set of capabilities for rapidly diagnosing problems and bottlenecks in applications and Solaris Zones - a server virtualization technology that provides security isolation and fault containment.

"As a Center of Excellency for computational chemistry, we were immediately interested in participating in Sun's Software Express program for the opportunity to work with advanced technologies in our high-performance computing environment," said Thomas Nau, Infrastructure Department Head, Communication and Information Center, University of Ulm. "This new program is a testament to Sun's continued commitment to enhance its products through customer feedback and R&D, and to keep its customers on the bleeding edge of technology."

Pricing and Availability
Java Enterprise System is scheduled to ship by end of calendar year 2003 and is available directly through Sun and Sun iForce[sm] partners. The Java System Application Server 7, Enterprise Edition is included with the Java Enterprise System license but requires a separate installation. It will become fully integrated in a future release of the platform. The product is also available immediately for standalone purchase. All Java System products are also available for individual purchase at varying prices.

The first product in the Sun Software Express program begins shipping in September with the latest developmental codes of the Solaris operating system, called Software Express for Solaris. Software Express for Solaris is immediately available for download at no charge for non-commercial use or, for an annual subscription fee of $99, as a comprehensive community Web experience that includes email support and rights to use in commercial operations. Developers and IT managers who subscribe to the community program may contribute to the further development of the leading UNIX[r] Solaris Operating System (x86 and SPARC[tm]) by providing both problem reports and feedback. For more details about the program and participation please visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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