Sun Microsystems Offers Special Pricing for iForce Reseller Partners

4/21/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced special pricing for qualified iForce reseller partners for the Sun Java Enterprise System and Sun Java Desktop System products: $50 per employee per year for Sun Java Enterprise System software and $25 per desktop per year for Sun Java Desktop System software. This special pricing will enable qualified iForce reseller partners to better run their own businesses and reduce costs. In addition, Sun also announced that it will offer a special promotional program for companies with fewer than 100 employees. These companies can sign up for a free, one-year runtime license for Java Enterprise System software if they meet the program's criteria and accept the associated terms and conditions.

The Java Enterprise System is the strategic underpinning of Sun's software strategy and provides an integrated, open software system that delivers a core set of industry-leading shared enterprise network services for every business need. The Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and works with existing infrastructure. Sun made these announcements today at its annual iForce Partner Summit in San Diego, where more than 500 partners gathered to learn about the latest Sun technologies, and how to leverage these technologies to turn innovation into customer value.

"Our partners, like our customers, need simplified, predictable, and affordable licensing for their infrastructure software," said John Loiacono, executive vice president, software, Sun Microsystems. "Partners who use our Java Systems software to run their businesses are in an excellent position to help their customers benefit from using it. Many customers find that using Java Enterprise System software allows them the freedom to innovate without having to constantly worry about procuring software. And with our special promotion, by offering a free one year software runtime license, companies with less than 100 employees can now get a jump start on building the value-added service offerings their businesses need."

Special Pricing for iForce Reseller Partners: $50 for Java Enterprise System Software and $25 for Java Desktop System Software
Starting today, qualified iForce reseller partners can license the Java Enterprise System software for $50 per employee per year and the Java Desktop System software for $25 per desktop per year. This special price will enable Sun's qualified iForce reseller partners to license Sun's Java Systems products to grow their own businesses and recognize significant cost savings.

Java Enterprise System Software: Free for Companies with Fewer than 100 Employees
Companies with fewer than 100 employees may qualify for a free one year runtime license for the Java Enterprise System software if they meet the program's criteria and accept the associated terms and conditions. This free license enables qualified small businesses to take full advantage of the benefits of the Java Enterprise System software to facilitate running their businesses and internal systems as well as more easily service their customers. The license excludes outsourcing and service providers, and does not include the support and maintenance included in the commercial offer. No support or service is included as a part of this offer. For details on terms and conditions, criteria, and further information, please visit:

The announcements augment the Java Enterprise System software pricing structure which also includes pricing per employee; educational pricing; and pricing for independent software vendors (ISVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In the coming months, Sun will be providing further information on its per citizen pricing, which is special pricing where national governments will receive a complete network service delivery software system for a single annual price based on the number of citizens in the country and its United Nations category of development.

The Java Enterprise System 2003Q4, release 1, is available now directly through Sun and Sun's iForce partners. Free evaluation for 90 days is available for the Java Enterprise System software and all of its components. Sun also offers a no hassle automatic term renewal each year based on the then current number of employees. Partners wishing to learn more about the Java Enterprise System Software Offering can visit:

About Java Enterprise System
Serious software made simple, the Java Enterprise System seamlessly integrates award-winning and market-leading enterprise network services that are needed by every organization to successfully build and deploy their own business critical applications. This complete standards-based software system is delivered as a single, pre-integrated entity on a predictable release cycle, at an affordable cost. Radically simplified customer pricing -- $100 per employee per year (U.S. list price. All prices quoted are in U.S. dollars) -- delivers the peace of mind CIOs need to focus on what they do best: leverage IT to achieve their business goals. The Java Enterprise System shared network services provided the following functionality and capabilities: Web and Application Services, Network Identity Services,Portal Services, Communication and Collaboration Services, Availability Services and end-to-end Security Services. For more information on the Java Enterprise System please visit:

About Java Desktop System
Sun 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. Future releases of Java Desktop System software are planned to support workstations and Sun Ray ultra-thin clients running the Solaris Operating System.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, iForce, Solaris, Sun Ray, Star Office, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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