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Sun to Incorporate InfiniBand-based Platforms
Into Future Systems and Blade Servers

Sun will incorporate the open interface standard of InfiniBand's high-speed switch fabric architecture which offers advanced features for I/O interconnect into future server, software and storage products. Future InfiniBand-based platforms are expected to include Sun's next-generation, horizontally scalable blade servers expected in 2004 and future vertically scalable enterprise servers.

Sun Awarded DARPA Contract
High Productivity Computing Systems Program

Sun has been awarded a 12-month contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) program to assess and develop technology solutions to address future Department of Defense (DoD) high-performance requirements.

Sun Makes Top Ten in DM Review
Reader Survey of the Business Intelligence Market

DM Review 100 has ranked Sun as one of the top ten vendors in its list covering the business intelligence (BI) market. The annual reader survey from DM Review consists of the 100 vendors that received the highest total score from readers based on three equally weighted metrics: product quality, market share and customer satisfaction.

Sun Dominant in RISC/UNIX Server Market in ASEAN, India
Holds 54.6 Percent Share of Market in Third Quarter

Sun Microsystems garnered more than half the Asia South RISC/UNIX server market in unit shipment and revenue terms in the third quarter. According to International Data Corp.'s Q3 2002 Enterprise Server Tracker Report, Sun's revenue market share in the region -- which includes Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia -- rose to 54.6 percent in Q3 calendar year 2002.

BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 to be Distributed with Solaris 9 Operating Environment System Administrator's Kit
Trial License

Sun and BEA Systems will distribute an evaluation version of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 with the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) System Administrator's Kit. BEA will also offer a six-month trial license.

Performance Results from Sun and the Manugistics Group
Retail Solution Nets 22 Percent Improvement

Sun and the Manugistics Group announced that performance results for Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment 7.0 on the Sun configuration netted a 22 percent performance improvement over previous benchmarks on other platforms, at a dramatically lower price point.

Taiwan National Cheng Kung University Center Named Sun COE
Awarded for Bioinformatics Research

Sun Microsystems has awarded the Center for Computational Biology at Taiwan National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), as a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) for Bioinformatics. The first Sun COE in Taiwan, NCKU will join an elite cadre of universities around the world using cutting-edge technology to conduct research in bioinformatics.

Sun Microsystems of Canada Receives "In the SPIRIT of Excellence" Award
From BMO Financial Group Supplier Recognition Program

Sun Microsystems of Canada has been recognized by BMO Financial Group as having distinguished itself by continuously striving for excellence in the areas of cost reduction, process improvements and innovation. Sun received the "In the SPIRIT of Excellence" award, part of BMO Financial Group's Supplier Recognition Program.

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    Network Identity Assessment Tool Available
    Helps Sun Customers Pinpoint Identity-Enabled Services Capabilities

    Sun's Network Identity Assessment Tool helps a company evaluate what they need to do to deliver Web Services. It provides a report with recommendations for improving business process and operational effiencies. The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity provides a complete package for companies to deploy a network identity solution.

    Credit Suisse Success Story
    Improving Accuracy in Trade Execution

    Credit Suisse Group has recently implemented SECOR Monitor, an automated monitoring tool to check the accuracy of trades, executions or instruments data in the bank's order routing system. The Java technology-based system tracks trading data, routes them to the middle or back office for investigation and leaves an audit trail for regulators.

    Asia Pacific Market Offers Bright Prospects for Sun
    Telecom Market Called Horizontal, with New Vertical Opportunities

    "Asia Pacific is one of the brighter spots for the telecommunications industry," according to Sun manager of communications Bill Steen. Opportunities lie with companies that are "going straight to mobile" technologies, "and established players who are looking to leverage content and service delivery through 2.5 and 3G technologies."

    McNealy Reaffirming Sun's Identity and Mission
    The Underdog that Won't Go Under

    Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems chairman, CEO and president, assured Ashlee Vance of IDG News Service that he is not uncomfortable in the least with the Rodney Dangerfield label the media has perennially attached to the company. McNealy said it does not bother him that, like Dangerfield, Sun gets no respect. Sun has been pronounced a goner for much of the past 20 years, McNealy recalled, and the company is still very much alive and kicking.

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    Introduction of Solaris 8 and 9 OE Right-to-Use Licenses
    Solaris Free Binary License Program Requires Single-CPU License

    Changes to the Solaris Free Binary License program will require the introduction of additional right-to-use (RTU) licenses for the commercial use of Solaris 8 and 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). For Solaris 9 OE, (SPARC Platform Edition), an upgrade license for desktop computer systems with a maximum capacity of a single CPU is being announced. A license for systems with a maximum capacity of one CPU is also being announced for the Solaris 8 OE.

    StarOffice 6.0 and StarSuite 6.0 Software Pack Repriced
    Reductions Affect Small and Medium Business Pack

    Prices on the StarOffice 6.0 and StarSuite 6.0 software Small and Medium Business Pack (SMB) are changing from $1,750 to $1,500. The package includes a 25-user license. This repricing makes the StarOffice/StarSuite 6.0 software Small-Medium Business Pack more competitive with the retail edition of StarOffice/StarSuite 6.0 software.

    Sun Software Support Services
    Available in Standard and Premium Service Levels

    As of December 3, 2002, a new program became available from Sun called Sun Software Support Services. This new program incorporates the best features of Sun Software Only Support (SWON) and iPlanet Maintenance (recently branded as Sun Software Support services -- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Subscription Only plans) in two new levels of service: Standard and Premium.

    SunPlex System Clusters Delivered by Sun Customer Ready Systems Program
    Database and Cluster Platforms EOL

    SunPlex System Clusters can now be delivered through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program. Sun is also announcing the EOL of some Database and Cluster Platforms.

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    LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Heads to New York
    Slated for January 22-24, 2003

    LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is heading for New York City, January 22-24, 2003. Topics include business/emerging technologies, developer issues, Linux use in government, defense and communications and security issues. The keynoter is Hector Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of AMD.

    European Events Involve Sun
    OOP 2003 Conference in Germany and Sun ONE University Center in Italy

    Sun's James Gosling, founder of Java technology, will be a keynote speaker at this year's OOP 2003 Conference in Germany, January 20-24, 2003. Also, Sun ONE University Italy is offering workshops on Java technology and the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). The workshops take place in Turin, Milan, Padua and Rome, Italy.

    Two Automotive Events Set for 2003
    Automotive News World Congress in January, Forrester Automotive Summit in February

    Two major automotive-themed conferences take place early next year. Sun is a sponsor and will exhibit at the Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, Mich., January 13-16, 2003. The other conference is the 2003 Forrester Auto Summit. This February 18-19 meeting in Los Angeles will explore the move from a production-driven "push" to a demand-driven "pull" model.

    University Developer Days in Canada
    University of Ottawa and Carleton University

    Sun's Annual Tech Days global tour is stopping in Ottawa next month to address its community of present and future developers. In addition to a Developer Day event January 10, 2003, at the Westin Hotel, the tour will also offer sessions January 9 at two Ottawa universities - the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

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    Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1
    Features the Brocade Silkworm Family of Switches

    Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1 features the Brocade Silkworm family of switches: 2 Gb Brocade Silkworm 12000, 3800 & 3200. These switches operate with non-price-listed Brocade switches. Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1 adds functionality over version 4.0 (tape fabric, better heterogeneous support and SNIA HBA API support).

    Sun StorEdge HiCommand Device Manager Software Version 2.2
    Support for CIM and Solaris 9 Operating Environment

    Sun is introducing version 2.2 of the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Device Manager Software and transitioning version 2.1. New for version 2.2 is support for the Common Information Model (CIM) 2.7, Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Japanese language, 7D+1P RAID-5, 4D+4D RAID-1+, and additional HiScan HBA support.

    Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager v. 3.2 for Solaris Operating Environment
    Brocade 12000 Universal Country Kit, Rack Also Announced

    Sun has announced the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager (SDLM) Version 3.2 for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), a Sun StorEdge SDLM Version 4.0 for AIX and Windows NT/W2K. The Sun StorEdge SDLM provides automatic and manual failover and failback connectivity to the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series storage systems.

    Storage Performance Council Releases SPC Benchmark-1
    First Industry-standard Benchmark for Enterprise Storage Systems

    The Storage Performance Council (SPC) has released the SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1), the first industry-standard benchmark for enterprise storage systems. The SPC has constructed a complete multi-platform toolkit for SPC-1 that quickly evaluates performance and price/performance using a variety of storage topologies, including direct-attach and network storage.

    SCSI 73-GB 10K rpm Hard Disk Drive Configurations
    For Select Sun StorEdge Volume Storage Products

    New SCSI 73-GB 10K rpm hard disk drive (HDD) configurations are now available for select Sun StorEdge volume storage products, including the Sun StorEdge S1 array and the Sun StorEdge D240 Media Tray. The introduction of the new configurations effectively doubles the capacity of these products from 36 GB to 73 GB.

    Oracle ServerFree Agent License Options for VERITAS NetBackup Datacenter
    NetBackup Enhancements Offer Online Database Backup Features

    Eliminating the backup footprint on a production server is a requirement for many of today's online, all-the-time e-business applications. NetBackup ServerFree Agent provides snapshot backup technology combined with server-free data movement for storage area network (SAN) environments. A data snapshot can be created in seconds and then backed up directly from disk to tape. Users can significantly reduce CPU and I/O overhead from application or database servers while eliminating the backup window altogether.

    Transitioning of Sun StorEdge Products
    Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite Software 4.0 Replacing Sun StorEdge SAM-FS 3.5 and Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite 3.5 Software

    Sun has announced the transition of Sun StorEdge SAM-FS 3.5 and Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite software 3.5. The Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite software 4.0 will replace these transitioned products. It offers disk-to-disk archiving capability, both locally and to a remote site, tape-drive sharing on the network, access-control lists and quotas on space consumption.

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