Rackable Systems Offers Rack-mount Servers with Solaris for x86

4/8/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Rackable Systems, a leading manufacturer of rack-mount servers for large-scale data center deployments, announced they signed an agreement whereby Rackable Systems will distribute the Solaris Operating System for x86 platforms on its industry-first, thermally efficient servers, which can provide twice the density of standard rack-mount solutions with only half the form factor depth. Rackable Systems customers can benefit from the Solaris OS on a variety of platforms, including AMD Opteron(TM) and Intel (R) Xeon (TM) processor-based systems. This agreement further extends the reach of the cost- effective, enterprise-ready and rock solid Solaris OS and helps Sun and Rackable Systems to expand their offerings of integrated solutions.

"Partnering with Rackable Systems is part of Sun's core strategy to aggressively work with OEMs and ISVs to increase market penetration, solutions availability and application support for the Solaris OS. Integration partners like Rackable Systems are building new business opportunities with Solaris by leveraging Sun's investment in its x86 offerings," said Ann Wettersten, vice president, software systems marketing, Sun Microsystems. "We are seeing a surge of interest from system builders and integration partners worldwide to distribute the Solaris OS on their platforms. Additionally, with the upcoming launch of Solaris 10 OS, Rackable Systemsí customers can look forward to innovative features such as N1(TM) grid containers and dynamic tracing capabilities. Customers can also have the confidence of an operating system that is fully indemnified by Sun."

"In addition to offering Solaris for x86 systems as an enterprise-class OS choice to our customers, we will now be able to go one step further and offer hardware configuration certification," said Tom Barton, President & CEO, Rackable Systems. "Customers will now benefit from fully-integrated Sun software and management tools, as well as the solid Solaris product life cycle that guarantees release-to-release binary compatibility."

With the announcement, Sun is further demonstrating its commitment to extend the enterprise-class Solaris OS to a wide choice of Sun and third-party x86 systems. The companies' agreement will help Sun to extend the reach of the Solaris OS into key vertical markets in which Rackable Systems has a strong base of customers, including Internet and Web serving, EDA/chip design, life sciences, government labs, oil and gas exploration, and entertainment.

Sun also recently expanded its Solaris Ready program to the x86 platform, helping to enable Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) to certify their products for the Solaris OS. Additionally, the Solaris OS x86 Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) has doubled in size in the last six months and currently includes more than 200 third-party systems. The Solaris OS HCL is aimed at system builders and IHVs looking to leverage the growing market for Solaris x86. Customers can access a detailed Solaris x86 hardware compatibility list at www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl and take advantage of a full range of certified drivers and system configurations, and a growing catalog of third-party and open-source applications.

About the Solaris Operating System
The #1 enterprise-class UNIX, the Solaris Operating System for SPARC®, x86 and AMD Opteron systems redefines the operating system as a services platform by combining traditional OS functionality with application services and identity management. The Solaris 9 OS can deliver the security, manageability and performance that IT professionals need to help increase service levels and decrease costs and risk. The Solaris OS also serves as the foundation for the new Sun Java Enterprise System, an integrated, open, standards-based software system delivered using a new predictable approach for development, testing and servicing. It can offer a simple business model that provides a single subscription and price for the software system, maintenance, support, consulting and education services. For more information, visit: http://www.sun.com/solaris.

About Rackable Systems
Rackable Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of rack-mount servers for large-scale data center deployments. The company's patented server designs feature key competitive advantages in the areas of density, thermal efficiency, serviceability, power distribution and remote management. Driven by a fierce commitment to superior innovation and customer service, Rackable Systems is one of North America's top server vendors. Founded in 1999 and based in San Jose, California, Rackable Systems customers include Deutsche Bank, Electronic Arts, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, nVidia, Tellme Networks, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Webex and Yahoo!.

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 http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, iForce, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Rackable Systems is a registered trademark of Rackable Systems®, Inc.

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