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Letter to Stock Holders from Sun Chairman, President and CEO Scott McNealy
Foreword to the Sun Microsystems 2003 Annual Report

Scott McNealy's letter to the stockholders of Sun Microsystems, which was part of the 2003 Sun Annual Report, highlights the year's achievements, notably the company's continued ability -- extending to 35 quarters -- to generate positive cash flow and the 3.9 percentage point improvement in gross margin. The year ended with $5.7 billion in cash and marketable securities following reductions in capital spending of $186 million, the paying down of $200 million in debt and the repurchase of nearly $500 million in stock.

Sun, SAP, Oracle and IBM all Work to Integrate RFID into their Solutions
Walmart's Plan for RFID Drives Suppliers

RFID is right around the corner for Walmart suppliers, who are required to have cartons and palettes tagged with the technology by 2006. Even now, according to a report on InfoWorld.com, IT vendors such as Sun, Oracle, SAP and IBM are busily integrating RFID data into their enterprise applications.

Sun to Release Solaris Operating System Beta for AMD's 64-bit Opteron
Schwartz Turns Up the Heat on Software Marketing, Rebuffs Naysayers

The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) will soon be running on AMD's 64-bit Opteron processor, reports Stephen Shankland of CNET News.com. A beta version of the Solaris OS is expected to be available for release in the first quarter of 2004, and the final version is expected later in the year.

Using a Liberty-enabled Identity Management Infrastructure
Benefits Result in Savings, Efficiencies, Increased Productivity and More

A number of benefits accrue to an enterprise that implements a Liberty-enabled identity management infrastructure, and increased security is only one of them. There are efficiencies in employee provisioning and password management that can result in operational cost savings of up to 80 percent; there is the ability of a variety of technology providers to support an adopted single standard; and there is the resulting ease in outsourcing employee applications securely and flexibly.

Java Technology
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Upgrade Guide for Migrating from Microsoft JVM to Sun JRE
Get the Latest Version

The guide to upgrading from the Microsoft VM for Java technology to the Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) includes the benefits of upgrading, links for installing the JRE, making sure your browser is running it and testing applets. There is a list of potential upgrade issues.

iaSolution and Veloxsoft to Jointly Develop Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition Software Solutions
GSM/GPRS and CDMA for Mobile Handsets in Asia

Veloxsoft and iaSolution, two Asian licensees of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) will jointly promote and cross-license their complementary technology in GSM/GPRS and CDMA areas and co-develop the next-generation J2ME software solutions on WCDMA and CDMA 1x EV-DO.

Partners
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Digital Asset Management Reference Architecture
From Sun and Artesia Technologies

The Digital Asset Management (DAM) Reference Architecture from Sun and Artesia Technologies enables customers to build and deploy a digital asset management system. It has features such as the ability to index, catalog, store, search, retrieve and securely distribute content in a wide variety of digital formats.

VoiceGenie, Sun Form Alliance to Develop Speech-Activated Applications
VoiceXML Gateway to Integrate with Sun Solutions

Sun and VoiceGenie are at work on developing a comprehensive set of open standards architecture solutions for speech-activated applications and services. They plan to sell the joint solution with the Sun Java System Portal Server 6.2 (formerly Sun ONE Portal Server) application server which helps users to easily voice-enable Web-based data.

Sun and Avaki to Provide Data Integration Solutions
Avaki Data Grid 4.0 Virtualizes Access to Data

Sun will use Avaki Data Grid software from iForce Partner, Avaki, to provide customers with more powerful data integration solutions. Avaki Data Grid 4.0 enables businesses to virtualize access to their distributed data sources, simplifying access to distributed data by creating a single data service layer that virtualizes access to data resources.

    ISIS IQ: Real-time Warehouse and Inventory Solution
    Faster Orders, Warehouse Space Used Better

    To reduce the increasing complexity in supply chain management, Sun, Microlistics and systems integrator Frontline Systems Australia are presenting ISIS IQ, complete logistics and warehousing solution. ISIS IQ includes Sun Fire V65x servers with Intel-based processors and software from Microlistics that delivers accurate, real-time inventory information and smart radio frequency (RF) scanners from Symbol Technologies.

    Software
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    eWeek Labs Reports on StarOffice 7 Software
    Office Suite Offers More Bang for the Buck

    A recent article from eWEEK Labs examines Sun's new StarOffice 7 productivity suite and finds it a strong cross-platform alternative to Microsoft's Office with a competitive price. In fact, the article's author, Jason Brooks, writes that StarOffice 7 software's price is "too attractive for enterprises to ignore."

    Sun Offers Media-less Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
    Solution Provides Greater Choice, Flexibility

    Aiming to offer increased flexibility to customers, Sun is introducing four new part numbers that allow enterprises, ISVs and OEMs to purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the one year service subscription, but without media. This should allow customers to meet their individual requirements when purchasing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

    Plumtree Introduces Enterprise Web Suite for the Solaris Operating System and Sun Java System
    Part of Plumtree's Radical Openness Strategy

    Plumtree Software is developing a version of the Plumtree Enterprise Web Suite for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Sun Java System solutions. Plumtree also announced plans for the Plumtree Corporate Portal 5.0J, which will be designed to run completely within the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE).

    Sun Java System Instant Messaging 6.1
    For IM, Conferences, Alerts, News, Polls and File Sharing

    Anticipating the near-term need for Instant Messaging, Sun has introduced the Sun Java System Instant Messaging (formerly Sun ONE Instant Messaging) 6.1 software. The solution is designed to combine presence awareness and management with IM, offering extended, real-time messaging capabilities. These include IM, conferences, alerts, news, polls and file sharing.

    Events
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    OOPSLA 2003
    October 26-30, Anaheim, California

    To see the future of object technology, attend OOPSLA to be held on October 26-30, in Anaheim, California. This year's conference features over 50 tutorials and workshops. There will be a Java Community Process (JCP) reception hosted by Sun Microsystems on Tuesday, October 28.

    Webinar on SWIFT and FIX
    November 6, 2003

    Join Sun and premier solutions partners for an informative 60-minute Webcast Thursday, November 6, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) discussing Core Financial Messaging and Market Connectivity, providing you with the insights you need to make informed decisions on today's emerging capabilities.

      Sun Net Talk on Grid Computing
      Tuesday, November 4, 2003

      Tune in Tuesday, November 4, 2003, from 9-10 a.m. PT/12-1 p.m. ET for a Sun Net Talk on Grid Computing: Put All of Your IT Infrastructure to Work.

        EDUCAUSE 2003 Conference
        November 4-7, Anaheim, CA

        At the EDUCAUSE conference vendors showcase their technology solutions for educators. This year's event takes place on November 4-7, in Anaheim, CA, and features a Party in the Park, at Disney's California Adventure park. Sun is a silver sponsor and will make a presentation titled "Infrastructure Middleware for Web Services in Higher Education."

        Storage
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        Reduced Prices on Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970 Systems
        Virtualization Features Enable Hyper-consolidation

        Prices have been reduced by about nine percent on the Sun StorEdge 9980 system and Sun StorEdge 9970 system, providing improved price/performance. These storage systems are well suited to environments that typically include multiple heterogeneous hosts.

        Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager Software Available
        License Pricing Structure Changes to Server-based Model

        Sun Microsystems is introducing its Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager Software (SDLM) for Win2K/NT and AIX v5.1. Sun is also moving from a controller-based to a server-based pricing structure. The Sun StorEdge 9900 SDLM is intended for use with the Sun StorEdge 9900 storage array, for which it provides functions for load distribution across multiple paths and switching to different paths in case of a failover.

        Sun StorEdge 9970 Controller Available with High Performance Disk Adapter
        Simplified Ordering Process for Customers

        Sun is creating a new part number that will include a high performance disk adapter with the Sun StorEdge 9970 integrated disk controller and array frame. Previously the two had been sold separately. The goal of this new combination is to simplify the ordering process for customers.

        Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager 2.0 Software for Effective SAN Management
        Software Kit Simplifies Installation

        Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager 2.0 software and the Sun StorEdge Management Software Kit effectively manages open SAN environments and provides immediate feedback reports on problems and recommended courses of action. The kit gives customers the core storage management tools on one media kit. The software is available in two packages: As a full-function product, and as a sub-set of the full-function product. Sun is also transitioning certain RTU licenses and offering others that scale better as storage needs grow.

        Sysadmin
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        Sun Identity Server Reference Architecture
        Designed to Eliminate Security Silos, Multiple Authentications

        Sun has developed the Identity Server Reference Architecture to provide users with a complete identity management solution that will increase security, cut administrative costs and improve efficiency. This tool eliminates security silos through its ability to provide broad-based, multi-agent, efficient solutions that free users from the need to use multiple authorization methods.

        Sun Makes Application Services Reference Architecture Available
        Enables Users to Build and Deploy Java Technology Web Services Applications

        The new Sun Application Services Reference Architecture is a completely integrated proof of concept deployment of the Sun ONE Application Server, the Sun ONE Directory Server and the Sun ONE Web Server products. (All three were formerly known as iPlanet products.) It is available now in Sun's Authorized iForce Ready Center where users can test it against their workloads before making a purchase.

        Security
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        Sun's Integrity Assurance Reference Architecture
        Layers on Top of Other Security Mechanisms

        Sun's Integrity Assurance Reference Architecture is designed to give system administrators a heads-up on any unintended changes in data and system files. The solution delivers information on the performance implications of monitoring a system and is able to provide a thorough defense against security breaches by layering on top of other security mechanisms.

        Sun Anti-Virus Reference Architecture Builds on Solaris Operating System
        Trend Micro and Sun Collaborate on Low Cost, Low Risk Security Tool

        Users accustomed to the security provisions designed into the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) -- encryption of sensitive sessions, improved access control and the ability to deter unauthorized use of the network -- will be pleased to find these features developed even further in the newly released Sun Anti-Virus Reference Architecture.

        Authenticating, Preserving and Analyzing Incident Data
        Responding to a Security Incident

        The Sun BluePrints document, "Responding to a Customer's Security Incidents -- Part 4: Processing Incident Data" by Vijay Masurkar covers authenticating, preserving and analyzing the incident data. The document provides tips, best practices and figures to illustrate the processes described.

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