6/24/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc.(Nasdaq: SUNW) announced the creation of a new Global Government Office and the appointment of Clark Masters as its first executive vice president. In this newly created position, Masters' mission will include addressing the needs of governments worldwide, bringing to bear Sun's global research and development efforts for secure network computing architectures, and to ensure new technology advancements meet the needs of citizens here and abroad. As part of this move, Masters also assumes the position of President, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc.
"We're mobilizing and globalizing Sun's government business and extending our partnerships to deliver the most secure, world-class solutions on the planet," said Masters. "Government sales present huge opportunities for Sun with increased focus worldwide on security solutions, e-government projects and new compliance requirements. Sun has increasingly found success in creating turnkey and customer-specific solutions and pricing models for governments of all sizes."
At the core of Sun's solutions for secure computing in the government sector is the Trusted Solaris Operating System, the de facto platform standard for all US government secure communications. The Trusted Solaris OS delivers built-in network security on a commercial-grade, general-purpose OS, offering unmatched levels of privacy, increased accountability and reduced risk of security violations. Already proven effective in thousands of systems deployed around the world in some of the most sensitive areas -- including departments of defense, as well as intelligence and security agencies -- the Trusted Solaris platform is also gaining a foothold in finance, healthcare, retail and other industries.
As part of its push to better serve government entities in less developed and least developed countries, Sun also recently announced per-citizen pricing for federal, state and local governments of developing nations that will allow provinces, states and cities to take advantage of special licensing offers for the Sun Java Enterprise System. Pricing ranges from USD $0.33 to $1.95 per citizen per year, and is determined based on two factors: the number of citizens in the respective government entity and the stage of development of the country as defined by the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs classification (http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2002/wpp2002wc.htm). Additionally, Sun's Java Desktop System has gained worldwide traction with its landmark agreements with the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom.
In his new role, Masters also plans to aggressively focus on increasing Sun's participation in research and development projects, building on Sun's current success with high productivity computing systems initiatives for projects such as the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) program in the US. Ultimately, participation in these types of research and development projects is crucial to enabling Sun to deliver enhanced technologies and solutions for governments, and therefore enterprise customers, worldwide.
With more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Masters brings over 20 years experience working with global public sector, intelligence community and defense organizations. His extensive experience and strong customer relationships span his career while at Floating Point Systems, Cray Research and Sun Microsystems. Most recently, Masters served as executive vice president of Sun's Enterprise Systems Products Group, overseeing the company's mid-range and high-end enterprise products for commercial and high performance technical computing markets.
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