Sun Microsystems Previews Solaris 10 Operating System

2/12/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) previewed the Solaris 10 Operating System, the upcoming version of its award-winning OS for systems based on UltraSPARC(r) and x86 microprocessors. The new release, with early access versions available for download this summer, is the result of 20 years of research and development and will propel Sun's customers and partners over the next decade.

Sun will provide more than 600 new features in the Solaris 10 Operating System that deliver breakthrough technologies with optimal system utilization, relentless availability, unparalleled security and industry-leading performance on multiple platforms, including Sun's new UltraSPARC and AMD Opteron systems. Sun will be adding improvements designed to allow enterprises more system control, flexibility and diagnostics. These new features and enhancements are intended to give systems administrators the ability to achieve higher levels of utilization, specify the level of system control that individual users and administrators are allowed, contain viruses or intrusions, and improve the system's ability to diagnose and automatically repair problems. Key among these features will be N1(tm) Grid Containers, Predictive Self-Healing technologies and security enhancements.

"The Solaris Operating System and the Sun Java Enterprise System are at the core of the internet, delivering unbeatable security and scalability for the most demanding customers around the globe," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With the introduction of Solaris 10, we're now broadening our focus to deliver better Linux compatibility than any OS on the market, breathtaking performance on Intel and Opteron systems, along with our UltraSPARC family, and a breadth of utilization and security offerings never before seen in a commercially available operating system. With the demise of HP/UX and AIX, and the precarious dependency many customers are now feeling on their Linux vendors, Solaris 10 could not be better timed to deliver low cost, high scale, high security, from one-way developer systems to 100-way life-critical deployments."

Upcoming features in Solaris 10:

iForce(sm) Partner Program Promotes Solaris 10 Adoption
Sun continues to increase its investments to help partners be successful. The iForce Partner Program Solaris Adoption offering provides ISV and development partners the opportunity to adopt the newest features and technologies on the Solaris platform. The following independent software vendors have plans to support the Solaris 10 Operating System: BMC Software, Inc., BEA Systems, Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc., NetIQ Corporation, Oracle, Sybase, Inc., and VERITAS Software Corporation. More information about the Solaris Adoption Program offering for partners is available online at

Software Express: The Road to Solaris 10
Through Sun's Software Express program, customers now have access to upcoming features from the Solaris 10 Operating System, including N1(tm) Grid Containers, Dynamic Tracing and Process Rights Management. With Software Express, customers can download the latest Solaris Operating System technologies and implement them today in their production environments to deliver competitive advantage. For more information, visit

Greater Developer Productivity Delivered by Sun Studio 8
The new Sun Fire systems launched today (see related announcement, "Sun Unveils Industry's First Throughput Computing Systems and Complete Refresh of Industry's Leading Unix Systems Lineup") will support the Solaris 10 Operating System. As these new systems come into the data center, Solaris Operating System developers will have immediate access to Sun Studio 8 compilers, which are optimized for building and tuning multithreaded/multiprocessing applications. The performance and portability afforded by Sun Studio 8 compilers provides greater programmer productivity with up to 30 percent improved performance for faster build times, leading to faster time to deployment.

Sun Studio 8 compilers also boast improved product runtime performance for SPECInt (5.2 percent), SpecFP (17 percent) on UltraSPARC III, with a 40 percent better runtime than GCC 2.95 on SPARC. The powerful multisession, multithread-aware debugger included in the product delivers point-and-click ease-of-use. Other new features, including the new graphical performance analysis tool for zeroing in on code bottlenecks, make Sun Studio 8 compilers the key to building native applications for the Sun platform and network computing environment faster and less expensively.

Solaris 10: Pricing and Availability
The Solaris 10 Operating System is scheduled to be available at the end of this year at which time pricing will be announced. The Sun Java Enterprise System is currently available and is priced at $100 per employee per year. The second edition will be available next quarter concurrently with the upcoming Solaris 9 4/04 OS release.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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