Sun, Global Education Leaders Discuss Creating True Digital Campus

3/3/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), together with key educators, technologists and visionaries who are playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of education, will convene March 2-3 at the Worldwide Education and Research Conference (WWERC) in Madrid, Spain. Education's top thought leaders will convene to discuss key areas in education, including primary and secondary education, grid computing, Java technologies, knowledge enterprise, digital campus and HPTC. For the past two decades, Sun has worked closely with educators throughout the world and is doing so today to continue to increase the dialogue about the intersections between education and technology.

The WWERC continues to draw a senior worldwide audience with more than 400 education industry veterans expected to attend the annual event. From the events, keynotes, to the solutions pavilion, to the interactions with Sun's executives and education thought leaders throughout the world, attendees gain an in-depth understanding of Sun's products and services offerings in the education market. Additionally, Sun customers and partners will hear Scott McNealy, president and CEO deliver his keynote on "The Future with Sun" and Kim Jones, vice president of Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems will open the event by discussing "Sun's Commitment to Education." Support for this year's WWERC comes from Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Senior Advisor to the World Bank on e-Strategies.

"Student education and academic research are the driving force behind the foundation of today's competitive global economy," said Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Senior Advisor to the World Bank on e-Strategies. "I applaud Sun's dedication to infusing the education landscape with innovative technology solutions that enable both students and educators to excel in the learning environment."

"The future of education is the digital campus and the mobile student -- it's no longer just geography. Beginning with education portals, which integrate various academic, library and administrative functions of the campus, to eLearning programs, Sun is committed to advancing education through technology at an affordable cost," said Kim Jones, vice president of Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. "Collaborating with Ministers of Education, visionaries, technologists and educators from around the globe, we're leading the way in finally digitizing the campus on a worldwide level."

Sun continues to rapidly build its presence in the worldwide education industry with its vision for the future of education. Sun's goal is to help schools implement and benefit from a true digital campus model, enabling educators and administrators to take advantage of next-generation applications that will help lower costs and improve the learning environment for students. Continuing its adherence to open standards, Sun delivers to education institutions access to the best commercial and open source solutions in the industry – all based on Sun's leading technologies including Solaris, SPARC and Java.

Sun frees education institutions, from elementary to higher education, from having to pay exorbitant costs for proprietary software licensing. Focused on the service-based deployment of software, including Sun's Java Enterprise System and Java Desktop System, Sun is drastically changing the education landscape to improve both efficiencies and costs for schools in the deployment and maintenance of their software.

At WWERC this year, Sun is showcasing solutions that help campuses more quickly and efficiently manage data on the network. Sun's partners and customers will be at the forefront demonstrating what Sun's technology advances mean to the education market:

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