VERITAS Software and Sun Microsystems Expand Global Alliance

5/6/2004 - VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTSE) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced an agreement to expand their decade-long, global alliance. As a result, VERITAS will broaden its support for the Solaris platform to include Sun's Solaris Operating System (OS) for x86 systems, for both AMD Opteron- and Intel-based platforms. The agreement also includes an expanded reseller relationship, where customers can acquire VERITAS Storage Foundation 4.0 software - VERITAS' next-generation storage management solution - through their Sun representative.

The expanded relationship demonstrates Sun and VERITAS' ongoing commitment to help customers gain control of storage complexity, improve utilization and help ensure availability of business critical data, while leveraging the compelling price and performance benefits of the Solaris OS on both SPARC(R) and x86 platforms. The companies each plan to make dedicated investments in engineering and testing focused on development of the new product offerings, product interoperability and timely delivery. In addition, Sun and VERITAS plan to establish a variety of new joint marketing and sales initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of the two companies' solutions and how they deliver value to enterprise customers.

"VERITAS and Sun are strong, strategic partners with a long and successful history of delivering value to our joint customers," said Gary Bloom, VERITAS chairman, president and CEO. "VERITAS' decision to broaden its support of the Sun platform to include Solaris x86 and Sun's decision to expand its already significant commitment to VERITAS solutions represents a win for customers and a win for each company."

"The momentum behind Solaris, on both x86 and SPARC systems, is indisputable," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "As the only systems vendor to have committed to delivering its operating system on both enterprise and volume x86 systems, Sun continues to grow the market for customers, partners and ISVs seeking the security, stability and availability of the Solaris Operating System. With the collective strength of our partnership and our established track record among the Global 2000, VERITAS and Sun are uniquely positioned to deliver customers a high-performance, scalable infrastructure while simultaneously lowering operating costs."

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About VERITAS Software
VERITAS Software, one of the 10 largest software companies in the world, is a leading provider of software and services to enable utility computing. In a utility computing model, IT resources are aligned with business needs, and business applications are delivered with optimal performance and availability on top of shared computing infrastructure, minimizing hardware and labor costs. VERITAS products and services for data protection, storage and server management, high availability and application performance management are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. More information about VERITAS Software can be found at

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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Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, 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.

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