Education Customers Deploy Java Software Computing Solutions

3/3/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced new education customers that are deploying its Java software computing solutions. The Singapore Ministry of Education, Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago and Ohlone College have deployed Sun's Java Enterprise System, giving them a strategic technology advantage moving forward as they grow their IT infrastructure.

Coupled with the growing worldwide adoption of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, now in use by millions of students and faculty in more than 165,000 school districts, higher education institutions and ministries of education in 21 countries, the compelling advantage of Sun's software solutions is gaining a foothold in the education market. The rapid adoption of StarOffice is fulfilling Sun's vision to equip students and teachers worldwide with access to low-cost office productivity software based on open source technology. Adoption of Sun's Java computing software solutions in the education market mirrors recent milestone customer successes with Java Enterprise System (Java ES), StarOffice and Java Desktop System (Java DS) deployments with United India Insurance Company and government agreements in China and the United Kingdom.

"Businesses are not alone in looking for a better computing proposition that allows them to do more with less. Education institutions can now focus on the students and the learning environment - not on restrictive licensing models and escalating computing costs," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun's Java computing strategy will no doubt thrive in the education market given its affordability, its ease of use and its open standards foundation. The customers we've garnered to date attest to its ability to transform the education landscape."

Sun's Java computing software strategy, based on Java ES and Java DS, is drastically altering the education landscape with Web infrastructure and desktop solutions based on the Java Enterprise architecture. The solutions offer respite for education institutions that are faced today with tightening budgets and the need to provide the latest, most secure technologies to support academic and research excellence. With Sun's Java computing alternative, the education market is able to deploy open and scalable systems on Sun's newest technology at extremely affordable prices.

"Dramatic cost savings alongside superior technology solutions was the defining factor behind Argonne National Laboratory's decision to deploy the Java Enterprise System. Sun's subscription model for deploying software was much more economical than purchasing components separately as offered by other vendors. We estimate a cost savings of more than $50,000 per year in licensing and support," said Dave Salbego, Manager of Argonne National Laboratory's Computing and Instrumentation Solutions Division.

Java Computing in Action in the Education Market
Argonne National Lab/University of Chicago turned to Java ES in order to consolidate its software support contracts with a predictable licensing model. Argonne's approximate savings in software licensing support is $25,000 USD per year. The Argonne National Lab employs more than 4000 researchers and is operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy. America's first national laboratory, Argonne's research focuses on scientific facilities, environmental management and energy resources.

Ohlone College is deploying Java ES because it favored the cost benefit of the subscription model rather than purchasing each component separately. The Java ES deployment benefits more than 12,000 students, faculty and staff at Ohlone College.

Singapore Ministry of Education turned to Java ES as a more cost effective solution for their needs. Today, more than 500,000 students and teachers in 365 schools throughout Singapore are benefitting from the Java solution.

The Java Desktop System
The Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and works with existing infrastructure. The software consists of a fully integrated client environment based on open source and standards including a GNOME desktop environment, StarOffice productivity suite, Mozilla browser, Evolution e-mail and calendar client, Java 2 Standard Edition, and a Linux operating system. It introduces a business model to education institutions that provides a single price of $25 per desktop per year for the desktop software, maintenance, support and training.

Future releases of Java DS are planned to support workstations and Sun Ray thin clients running the Solaris Operating Environment.

The Java Enterprise System
The Java Enterprise System is a radical new approach for synchronizing IT investment with business priorities. It delivers value through three innovative elements. First, a new integrated, open, standards-based software system that delivers a core set of industry-leading enterprise network services: network identity; portal; communications and collaboration; application and Web; availability; and security services. Second, a new development, test, delivery, and servicing approach enabling improved planning of software, services and resources to meet business needs. Lastly, a new business model that provides a single subscription and price for the software system, maintenance, support, consulting, and education services.

Java ES is a consolidation of Sun's entire network services architecture, priced at $50 per faculty member and administrative employee per year, with infinite right to use in Internet applications. Comprehensive new capabilities for the education market include identity and directory services; portal, communications and security services and an integrated Java Web services platform.

StarOffice in Education
The StarOffice donations to education institutions are part of Sun Microsystems promise to help equip students and teachers worldwide with access to low-cost office productivity based on open source technology. To-date, Sun has given free StarOffice licensing to more than 165,000 school districts, higher education institutions and Ministries of Education, in 21 countries, reaching millions of students around the globe. In total, these donations are estimated to be valued at more than $7 billion USD.

Sun recently released StarOffice 7 Productivity Suite for the education industry, an open-source based, full-featured office productivity suite that runs on the Solaris Operating Environment, Windows and Linux and is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The StarOffice Suite has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities. Its major feature enhancements will increase the productivity of students, faculty and staff. Features such as exporting to Adobe PDF will enable users to exchange documents easily and Flash capability will allow users to enhance the quality of presentations.

Additionally, Sun's major strides in Microsoft interoperability will allow the education community to leverage content that exists today. And with StarOffice available to the education community at no-charge, software costs are dramatically reduced. See for more detail.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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