China's Leading OEMs Support Solaris x86 Operating System

6/3/2004 - Two weeks after announcing a groundswell of support for the Solaris x86 Operating System (OS) with 15 new Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced the addition of two more OEMs, Dawning and Founder Technology Group. By teaming with two of China's leading computer companies, Sun will significantly broaden the reach of Solaris x86 platforms in China one of the fastest growing sectors for PC and server unit shipments in the Asia Pacific region.

The collaboration with Dawning and Founder Technology Group also adds new certified systems for the growing list of applications supporting the Solaris x86 OS and gives end customers greater flexibility and choice in their Solaris x86 deployments at competitive price points. The server market in China shows strong growth and opportunity with over 21 percent more units shipped in 2003 than in the previous year (Gartner Server Forecast: Asia/Pacific, March 2004 Update, March 2004, J. Wu et al.). Additionally, today's announcement demonstrates the worldwide customer demand for the Solaris OS on AMD Opteron processor- and Intel Xeon processor-based systems and underscores Sun's commitment to working with its partners to seek new market opportunities with the reliable, secure, enterprise ready Solaris OS.

This week, Sun is sponsoring a Solaris x86 OS Partner Pavilion at the SunNetwork 2004 conference in Shanghai, PRC, June 2-3. Driven by the growing demand of the Solaris OS for AMD Opteron processor- and Intel Xeon processor-based systems from their customers and the opportunity to seek new market opportunities with the reliable, secure, enterprise ready Solaris OS, partners are showcasing their Solaris OS solutions and attendees have the opportunity to meet with Sun technical and sales representatives at the event.

"As one of the premier system and software development vendors in China, Founder Technology Group is pleased to partner with a leading enterprise-class OS platform provider, Sun Microsystems," said Xiangchun Bai, vice president of product center, Founder Technology Group Corporation. "With Solaris x86, Foundertech Reminus Servers provide high reliability, high performance enterprise computing platforms and uninterrupted service for our customers. We plan to move forward with even more solutions based on the Solaris OS for x86 platforms."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Dawning and Founder Technology Group to address the huge market opportunity and growing customer demand in China," said Ann Wettersten, vice president, systems software marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Solaris x86 momentum in Asia and the US is growing at an incredible pace. With the help of partners such as Founder and Dawning, we can further extend the reach of the enterprise-class Solaris OS into new global markets such as telcos, banking, government and others, leveraging the support built into the Solaris platform for 39 languages and 133 locales."

"Dawning Information Industry (Beijing) Corp. Ltd sees significant advantages to using the proven Solaris x86 OS for its broad base of customers," says Nie Hua, chief technology officer, Dawning Information Industry (Beijing) Corp. Ltd. "We look forward to this collaboration resulting in the enhanced performance of our increasing share of HPC and clustering solutions."

"The AMD Opteron processor continues to transform the enterprise with its groundbreaking Direct Connect Architecture, world-class 32-bit performance and an ecosystem committed to the development of an industry-standard 64-bit solution and we are pleased to see ongoing demand for the AMD Opteron processor on Solaris," said Karen Guo, president and general manager, AMD China. "AMD Opteron processor-based Dawning servers running Solaris deliver the leading-edge performance of the AMD Opteron processor and the unique value of the Solaris OS with its solid performance, security, and availability at commodity prices."

The OEM program for Solaris x86 OS is a high ROI program since there is no cost involved for system builders to participate. OEMs are able to certify their systems using Sun's free Hardware Certification Test Suite. They can also license the Solaris OS for redistribution to customers under flexible general purpose or embedded use licensing. As part of the program, Sun provides worldwide backline support, contractual support at the development coding level, as well as low-cost training and free resources. OEMs can also participate in the Sun(sm) Software Express program for Solaris OS to preview the next-generation Solaris 10 OS and enable faster time-to-market with the latest cutting-edge technologies.

The Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) offers certification for system builders and Independent Hardware Vendors looking to leverage the Sun brand and growing market for the Solaris x86 platform. Customers can access the HCL at to take advantage of a full range of drivers and system configurations that have been certified on Solaris x86, as well as a growing catalog of third-party and open-source applications.

About the Solaris OS
The #1 enterprise-class UNIX OS, the Solaris Operating System for SPARC®, x86 and AMD Opteron processor-based systems redefines the operating system as a services platform by combining traditional OS functionality with application services and identity management. The Solaris OS can deliver the security, manageability and performance that IT professionals need to help increase service levels and decrease costs and risk. Solaris x86 systems have gained rapid industry momentum over the past year, with more than 850,000 registered licenses to date and more than 900 solutions available for Solaris9 x86 through approximately 600 ISVs. Last quarter alone, the ISV adoption rate grew approximately 12 percent.

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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