Sun Introduces with Carrier-Grade Netra Server and StorEdge Arrays

6/3/2004 - During its second quarterly Network Computer '04 launch, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) unveiled new server and storage systems designed to meet the high availability and security requirements of service providers, telecommunications companies and governments. New Netra(TM) servers, powered by four UltraSPARC(R) IIIi processors and running the Solaris (TM) Operating System, were unveiled at price points beneath major competitors. Sun also debuted a family of new NEBS-compliant storage arrays. The announcements were made at the SunNetwork(SM) Conference in Shanghai, PRC where the company showcased how it is helping service providers like China Unicom deploy new Java(TM) platform-based network services to its customers.

"Sun offers the most rugged and secure infrastructure in the industry with UltraSPARC and Solaris," said David Yen, executive vice president, Scalable Systems Group at Sun. "Combine that with Sun's ubiquitous Java technology and you have the ideal platform on which service providers can create new revenue opportunities and gain an edge in this fiercely competitive market."

Starting at $13,995 (U.S. list price) – nearly 50 percent less than HP's Itanium server and almost 75 percent less than HP's PA-RISC rugged servers – the Netra 440 server delivers unprecedented price performance. The Netra 440 also offers telecom customers the best compute density (4P/5U) of any comparable server on the market today, enabling them to deploy more capacity and capability in a single rack. Leading innovators such as Motorola and Alcatel are already benefitting from this technology. For detailed product specs, visit

New NEBS-Compliant Storage
Complementing Sun's Netra line of systems is Sun's StorEdge(TM) family of NEBS-compliant storage arrays. The new Sun StorEdge 3120 SCSI array stores over half a terabyte of NEBS-compliant storage in a ruggedized 1RU form factor, making it ideal for simple telecom applications. Also NEBS-compliant and ruggedized for the telco environment, the Sun StorEdge 3511 SATA array delivers 70 percent more capacity than equivalent fibre channel storage at a price that is 50 percent lower per megabyte.

Powered by Solaris
The new server includes the Solaris 9 Operating System, providing customers with the security, manageability and performance required to boost service levels and decrease costs and risk. The Solaris OS, the platinum standard for UNIX(R) operating systems, can offer 100 percent binary application compatibility across previous and future systems and versions of the OS. Providing major advances in availability, provisioning/utilization and security, the Solaris 10 OS – available through Sun's Software Express program – will also feature a new high performance TCP/IP stack and an integrated performance tuning toolset. These new features will help to significantly improve system/application performance, making them ideal for high-throughput telecommunications services.

Java Connects Asia
In addition to creating robust new infrastructure products that help telecom customers drive revenues, Sun continues to leverage the Java technology platform to drive out cost and complexity in the development and delivery of mobile data services. Today, more than 250 million Java technology-enabled cell phones have been deployed by 32 handset manufacturers through 93 carrier networks worldwide.

In China, Sun worked with Beijing ZRRT Communication Technology to help China Unicom prepare for the launch for its Java technology-based mobile data, entertainment and information services to its 90 million subscribers. The three partners formed the "UniJa" alliance in September 2003 to help China Unicom build a strong Java technology ecosystem to speed mobile Java technology data services to market. According to the ARC Group, the Java market earned operators $1.4B in 2003 and is estimated to generate over $15B in annual revenue for operators by 2008.

Sun is extending, the leading consumer destination for everything Java, to Asia through partnerships with China Unicom and SingTel, Asia's largest multi-market mobile operator. New custom pages featuring these operators' services and top-applications will be launched and jointly promoted to consumers. SingTel already provides commercial Java services under its IDEAS brand of data services, with a catalog of several hundred Java applications. SingTel also recently launched Asia’s first location-based multiplayer mobile game. "The mobile content industry is on the upswing," said Philip Wu, SingTel’s director, Content Strategy & Marketing. With over eight million visitors each month, provides China Unicom and SingTel a unique opportunity to market games, applications and services to Java technology enthusiasts.

"We welcome industry players such as Sun Microsystems, as well as SMEs to proactively encourage innovations in technology and help accelerate the development and market demand for content."

Tune-in to the NC04Q2 web event at Go to for up-to-the-minute information live from the SunNetwork Conference in Shanghai.

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, Solaris, Netra, StorEdge, SunNetwork, Java, 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 US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.

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