Sun Introduces Comprehensive Refresh of Fire Systems Family

2/12/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) unveiled the most comprehensive refresh of its Sun Fire(tm) systems family in more than a decade and a range of solutions that accelerate a customer's ability to benefit from them. Sun's new mid-range and high-end systems are the first to include its industry-leading UltraSPARC(r) IV multithreaded processors and software optimized for increased throughput. Sun also unveiled its first Sun Fire system powered by the AMD Opteron processor and new industry standard blades, powered by Solaris(tm) or Linux and the N1(tm) Grid System. In addition, Sun announced five new Reference Architectures and Solutions designed to help customers implement answers to business requirements faster and at lower costs.

"We're serving up big time price-performance improvements with investment protection," said Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "One hundred percent binary compatibility with innovation means customers can upgrade all at once or in stages, mixing or matching processor speeds and systems. We've made it possible to upgrade a four-cylinder engine to an eight-cylinder engine while the car is moving."

Double the Performance of Previous Sun Enterprise Systems
Sun's new family of Throughput Systems incorporate technologies optimized for chip multithreading including the Java(tm) Enterprise System and Solaris Operating System to UltraSPARC IV and SMP architectures. New Sun Fire E2900, E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers enable enterprises to "scale up" to nearly twice the horsepower of previous Sun systems in the same footprint and feature better price-performance than IBM and HP offerings. All come standard with Java Enterprise System software pre-installed, and include the Sun(sm) Remote Services Net Connect monitoring service technology that conducts predictive fault analysis to speed resolution times.

"By combining breakthrough innovation with industry standard components and systems-level engineering, we can deliver to customers an unmatched value proposition," said Mark Tolliver, chief strategy and marketing officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Increased performance, unparalleled investment protection and a unified software model present our customers with a clear path to the future."

Sun Opteron Server 45 Percent Faster Than Comparable 32-bit Systems
Just a few months after announcing its strategic alliance with AMD, Sun delivered its first Sun Fire system with AMD Opteron processors running 32-bit and 64-bit applications, including the Java Enterprise System on the Solaris or Linux operating system. Starting at $2,795 (U.S. list price), the Sun Fire V20z server is less expensive than comparable 64-bit x86 systems from IBM and priced competitively with 32-bit systems from IBM and HP. Sun also increased its SPARC/Solaris platform price-performance leadership with an upgraded Sun Fire V240 server that delivers a 33 percent performance improvement at a comparable price, and the Netra(tm) 240 AC server that is priced up to 15 percent less than the latest Intel-based ruggedized AC server.

Unparalleled Security, Availability and Scalability With Solaris 10
Solaris 10, Sun's next operating system release, is scheduled for general availability later this year. New features and enhancements will give administrators the ability to achieve higher levels of utilization, specify the level of system control that individual users and administrators are allowed, help 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. Software Express for the Solaris Operating System a subscription service allows customers to download the latest Solaris technologies and implement them today in their production environments. Solaris, the leading UNIX(r) operating system, runs on the SPARC processor, x86 and AMD 64-bit based systems.

Other products announced by Sun include:

Mix, Match and Manage with Sun Fire Blade and N1 Grid Technologies
Sun continues to innovate in blade computing with the new dual processor x86 Sun Fire B200x Blade Server (with Intel Xeon processors) and the N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition. Customers can mix and match architectures, operating environments and specialty networking blades while managing their entire blades environment as one pool of virtualized resources. Sun offers one of the industry's best price-performance and density in the 3U blade form factor space. A Sun Blade Platform fully loaded with dual processor blades is up to 34 percent less expensive than a similarly configured HP blade platform. Plus, Sun has a 100 percent better memory footprint than Dell. Customers also gain unmatched investment protection with the ability to mix and match UltraSPARC IV and UltraSPARC III boards in UltraSPARC III systems virtually without a slow-down or downtime. The Sun XVR-600 Graphics Accelerator is now standard in Sun Blade(tm) 1500 and 2500 Workstations for new professional level 3D graphics. The Graphic Accelerator offers more than double the performance at no extra charge.

Java Enterprise System/Java Desktop System: New Features at Game-Changing Prices
Sun today previewed the second release of the Java Enterprise System, scheduled to ship next quarter, which will include support for portal wireless access with inclusion of the Sun Java System Portal Server Mobile Access platform. Users can reuse existing applications, content and services by dynamically rendering and delivering information to any mobile device such as cell phones, PDAs and smart phones over any wireless network. Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 is the first Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE(tm)) 1.4-compatible application server. The core of the Java Enterprise System, it is optimized for Web Services and free for development. Java Desktop System Update with central control and policy enforcement simplifies system maintenance and management. New tools being offered include Sun Java Studio Enterprise, Sun Studio Creator and Sun Java Studio 8, bringing improved performance and productivity to developers.

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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