Sun Rolls Out Reference Architectures, Infrastructure for Grid Computing

9/19/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) continues to drive cost and complexity out of the architecture and implementation of Network Computing with the introduction of eight new Sun[tm] Reference Architectures and a new Sun[tm] Infrastructure Solution for Grid Computing. These offerings deliver proven, straight-forward and repeatable methodologies to improve critical business processes in key network computing arenas including:

"By rehosting our mainframe application to Sun, our company was able to cut costs by more than 50 percent and improve operational efficiency. Sun Mainframe Rehosting software works seamlessly with our existing infrastructure products," said Naj Hirani, vice president and chief information officer, Transamerica Life Canada. "By providing an implementation framework that captures these third-party product and sizing guidelines, Sun's Mainframe Rehosting Reference Architecture will reduce deployment time and risk for future implementations."

"Our research and interviews with four organizations shows that implementing the Sun-Sybase Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture solutions can provide significant benefits to organizations," said Chip Gliedman, co-author of "The Total Economic Impact of Deploying the Sun-Sybase Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture" and analyst for Giga Information Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forrester Research. "The organizations interviewed by Giga all showed actual or expected returns on their investments in the Sun-Sybase EDW RA that ranged from 36 percent to 117 percent on a risk-adjusted basis. Simply put, for every dollar invested in the Sun-Sybase EDW RA project, $1.63 would be returned to a representative organization in direct cost savings or increased bottom-line profit as a result of increased business."*

Among those seeing immediate benefits from new Sun Reference Architectures is the Beaverton School District in Beaverton, Oregon. District administrators, confronted by the emerging demands of schooling, which includes creative scheduling, elevated concerns about student safety, and the demand for better access to information, turned to Sun to help manage the flood of student data.

"We found only one solution that could adequately meet our needs and that was the Sun Student Information System Reference Architecture which includes Administrative Associates Limited's eSIS software running on Sun servers powered by the Solaris Operating System," said Steven A. Carlson, Ph.D., associate superintendent for information and technology, Beaverton School District. "The implementation and sizing guides delivered by the Reference Architecture program reduce the technical complexity and risk of deploying the IT infrastructure, helping us to meet our budgetary constraints."

Sun has three primary methodologies for implementing solutions and maximizing quality - Sun Reference Architectures, Sun Infrastructure Solutions and iForce(SM) Solutions - that function like building blocks. Reference Architectures provide a solid, pre-tested, integrated and documented infrastructure layer and are based on proof-of-concepts done at customer sites, Sun's integration labs and in Sun's iForce Solution Centers worldwide. Sun Infrastructure Solutions add Sun lifecycle services and support, financing, repeatable methodologies and technology refresh services to deliver the key technologies and best-practice methodologies required for optimized implementations that maximize resources, accelerate projects, reduce costs, and improve quality. iForce Solutions take these methodologies for implementing solutions and add more in-depth business process applications and services from Sun's sales, delivery and application partners.

Sun, a global leader in grid computing with more than 7,000 grids deployed running Sun ONE Grid Engine software, continues to deliver products and solutions that address customer business issues. Sun grid offerings help customers simplify management and increase utilization of compute resources, resulting in faster completion of projects at reduced costs.

"More than just selling and moving machines, Sun understands our necessities and business. They work in a real collaboration environment with their partners, anticipating and presenting solutions for our IT challenges, adding value to our business," said Paulo Siston, Petrobras Geophysical Data Processing Manager and President of Brazilian Geophysical Society.

The new Sun Fire V60x[tm] Compute Grid Rack System, (see related announcement) a key component of the Sun Infrastructure Solution for Grid Computing, is a pre-integrated, ready-to-install product that provides fast, easy deployment of Linux/X86 compute nodes and management software.

"Cisco sees grid computing as one of the new frontiers for Ethernet. It enables closer integration of the network and the computer by creating a new architecture for calculation and analysis," says Larry Birenbaum, senior vice president of Cisco's Ethernet Access Group. "The combination of Sun Fire V60x Compute Grid and the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch provides an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution that will increase productivity for businesses of all sizes."

Sun also lets customers streamline the integration and deployment process with the Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program. The CRS program pre-integrates Sun and complementary third-party hardware and software products and ships to the customer's site ready to deploy. The program incorporates a broad spectrum of integration services ranging from basic factory integration to complete life cycle management and managed deployment.

"Engineering complexity out of solutions provides a distinct cost and time to market advantage over fully customized solutions that our competitors hide behind to drive services revenue," said Clark Masters, executive vice president of Enterprise Server Products at Sun. "Already, we have saved our customers millions of dollars, cut months off implementation time, and helped them quickly realize a return on their IT investment."

Other new Sun Reference Architectures announced today include:

More information about Sun Reference Architectures is available online at, and about Sun Infrastructure Solutions at

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

* A complete copy of the Giga Information Group Total Economic Impact[tm] of Deploying the Sun-Sybase Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture is available online at

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