Sun Microsystems Marks New Era in Network Computing With Breakthrough CoolThreads Technology - Unveils High-Performance, Eco-Responsible Server Line

Sun Closes Year of Innovation With Major Global Launch of New Sun Fire Servers

Powered by CoolThreads Technology; Unveils Powerful 9.6 GHz, Eight Core

Microprocessor Design to Leave Competitors in Dual-Core Dust; Unveils New

Purchase Programs and Plans to Open Source Processor Technology to Developer


Dec 06, 2005, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Network Computing 2005 Q4
 (NC05Q4) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today made several game
 changing announcements, including the early arrival of its revolutionary new
 9.6 GHz-based, high-performance systems, led by the Sun Fire(TM) T1000 and
 T2000 servers with CoolThreads(TM) technology. Continuing its commitment to
 the developer community and to addressing the growing needs of the
 next-generation Internet, Sun also announced its intent to open source the
 company's massively-threaded processor technology to further lower the
 barriers to innovation and application development. As part of this global
 product roll-out, taking place over the next two weeks in more than
 25 countries, Sun will showcase unprecedented support for its new server line
 and UltraSPARC(R) T1(TM) microprocessor from a wide range of global technology
 leaders including Oracle, Symantec and BEA.
     For more information related to all of Sun's NC05Q4 announcements, go to
 Sun's online press kit at .
     "Sun's innovations are once again at the forefront of driving the industry
 and the economic reality of building out the next generation Internet," said
 Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This is a quarter
 filled with global firsts -- the world's first 9.6 GHz industry-standard
 server, the first truly open source microprocessor, the world's first open
 source operating system and web services stack, and the world's most complete
 lineup of sustainable innovations for the growing network infrastructure
 market. 'The Network is the Computer' has never been more true than today and
 Sun has never been more competitive."
     Sun's major moves across its software, hardware and services offerings are
 driving some of the most significant changes the industry has seen in years,
 forever changing the game for datacenter customers. Setting a new industry
 standard for performance, space and energy efficiency, powered by the
 breakthrough technology of the UltraSPARC T1 processor, Sun's new server line
 beats the competition on performance, slashing energy consumption and reducing
 costly datacenter space requirements. For example, Sun's new systems are more
 than three times faster than IBM Xeon systems at nearly half the power and
 cooling costs and with 4.2 times better performance per watt(1). CoolThreads
 servers also have nearly seven times greater performance than Dell Xeon
 systems(2) and have 76 percent more performance at 2.3 times lower power
 consumption than an IBM 4-way Power 5+ system, while costing nearly half as
 much(3). This new server announcement, along with previous x64 and UltraSPARC
 IV+ server announcements, make Sun's server line-up the most compelling
 offering for customers looking to turbocharge their datacenter for the next
 wave of the Internet.
     Changing the Game -- New Products and Offerings from Sun -- NC05Q4
     -- Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers -- Toppling a series of world-record
        benchmarks to claim its leading position for price/performance, Sun
        announced today the release of the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers
        featuring patented CoolThreads technology. A major advancement that
        leverages the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), the new server line
        is based on the recently announced, massively-threaded UltraSPARC T1
        processor and offers industry leading, world record price/performance
        for web, database and application processing. The new system is
        designed to save customers millions in power, cooling and space costs.
        The new Sun Fire T2000 server is available immediately, and the Sun
        Fire T1000 can be ordered now for delivery in March 2006. Both servers
        include a host of new integrated offers designed to stimulate rapid
     -- OpenSPARC(TM) Project -- Sun announced its intent to open source its
        UltraSPARC processor technology and publish certain specifications for
        the UltraSPARC-based chip including the source of the design expressed
        in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set
        architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris
        OS port.
     -- Try It Before You Buy It -- Given the high level of interest in these
        new breakthrough systems, Sun is now offering the industry's largest
        "Try and Buy" program that enables customers and ISV partners to test
        out a new Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 server running the highly threaded
        UltraSPARC T1 processor free of charge for 90 days, with the option to
        purchase the system at the end. For more information, please go to:
     -- Space, Wattage and Performance (SWaP) Metric -- Sun is also announcing
        an important new metric for customers to use as they evaluate their
        datacenter efficiencies and systems performance. It is the big picture
        for datacenter managers -- it measures Space, Wattage and Performance
        (SWaP). The new SWaP metric is the only true measure of
        industry-standard server efficiency:  performance / (space x power).
     -- Full Protection Plans -- Sun also announced two new Full Protection
        Plans, integrated system and services programs that offer customers low
        total cost of ownership, reduced budgetary risk and increased system
        availability. When customers choose the Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 system,
        they get more than just a server; they receive the world's most
        powerful operating system, Solaris 10, and the option to purchase a
        Full Protection Plan that goes far beyond basic break/fix warranty
        programs. Sun's Full Protection Plans are simple to purchase, include
        the essential, recommended services and offer transparent three-year
        pricing that enables customers to predict and better manage their IT
     -- CoolThreads Prize For Innovation -- Sun launched its CoolThreads
        competition to inspire new software development for its breakthrough
        Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 server line. In this competition, developers
        and ISVs have the opportunity to win $50,000 in cash by developing
        ground-breaking applications or improving on existing applications,
        within the next six months, for optimal throughput performance and
        scaling. For further details about the CoolThreads Developer Contest
        and full contest rules, please visit .
     -- Sun N1(TM) System Management software -- Sun N1 System Manager v1.2 now
        includes support for the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. This
        integrated solution allows customers to perform operating system
        provisioning and system management of the Sun Fire servers announced
        today and Sun's x64 industry-standard systems announced in September.
        Sun Management Console 3.6 adds support for several Solaris 10 features
        including Dynamic Tracing, Predictive Self-Healing and Solaris
        Containers. The Sun N1 Management portfolio includes Sun N1 System
        Manager, Sun Management Center, N1 Service Provisioning System and the
        Sun N1 Grid Engine. These products help enterprises lower operational
        costs and improve business efficiency by simplifying the management of
        systems and services in customers' heterogeneous datacenters.
     Today's announcements follow on the heels of major product developments
 announced by Sun throughout the quarter, including:
     -- Solaris Enterprise System -- On Nov. 30, Sun announced plans to make
        the Java(TM) Enterprise System, Sun N1 Management software and Sun
        Studio Developer tools available at no cost for both development and
        deployment. All of this software, along with the Solaris OS, will be
        integrated into the Solaris Enterprise System making it the only
        comprehensive and open infrastructure software platform available
     -- Solaris 10 Operating System -- On Nov. 17, Sun expanded its commitment
        to delivering and supporting powerful open source solutions for the
        enterprise and announced: that it will distribute and support the
        Postgres database with the Solaris OS; new features in OpenSolaris
        including Solaris Containers for Linux Applications; availability of
        the source code for Solaris ZFS, a revolutionary new 128-bit file
        system with unprecedented error detection and correction capabilities
        and participation in the Xen open source project. Solaris 10, the most
        advanced operating system on the planet, is available for both
        UltraSPARC and industry standard x86/x64 systems. The Solaris OS is the
        only operating system that guarantees binary compatibility on supported
        platforms and source code compatibility between UltraSPARC and x64
        platforms ensuring that applications written for Sun's UltraSPARC
        platform run unmodified on Sun's new Sun Fire systems. The Solaris 10
        OS includes innovative features not available on other platforms, such
        as DTrace, Predictive Self Healing and Containers, to provide the
        highest levels of application performance, availability, security and
     -- Sun Summit on 21st Century Eco-Responsibility -- On Nov. 14 at its
        first ever Sun Summit on 21st Century Eco-Responsibility, Sun discussed
        how its approach to eco-responsible computing is good for the IT
        industry and detailed how it is marrying eco-friendly product design
        with high performance technologies. Sun's McNealy was joined by Sun CTO
        Greg Papadopoulos and a panel of environmental thought leaders to
        discuss how eco-responsibility can minimize harm to the planet and
        benefit business. For more information or to view the webcast, go to: .
     -- UltraSPARC T1 processors with CoolThreads technology -- On Nov. 14 Sun
        introduced the UltraSPARC T1, code named "Niagara", as the world's
        first high-performance, energy-efficient processor. Using patented
        CoolThreads chip multi-threading technology that leverages the threaded
        nature of the Solaris 10 OS, the breakthrough chip is the world's first
        eco-responsible processor. In an era in which most processors use at
        least 40 watts/thread, each SPARC-based CoolThreads processor uses five
        percent the energy per thread of Intel Xeon or IBM Power processors at
        just two watts per thread. Sun's new processor offers unparalleled
        transactional throughput and is designed to save customers millions of
        dollars on rising datacenter power, cooling and space costs.
     -- Storage Titanium Tape Drive T10000 -- On Nov. 3, Sun introduced the
        T10000 enterprise tape drive, extending the value and performance
        delivered via StorageTek's earlier T-Series drives, to provide
        businesses with fast access to large volumes of information at an
        attractive price per gigabyte. Delivering the industry's highest native
        tape drive throughput rate (120 megabytes/second), capacity of up to
        500 gigabytes uncompressed -- or a terabyte of compressed data on a
        single cartridge -- and Fibre Channel and FICON dual-port connectivity,
        the T10000 delivers a 250 percent increase in density and 400 percent
        increase in throughput speeds over the earlier StorageTek T9940B drive.
     -- Developer Community -- On Oct. 26, Sun launched its latest release of
        Sun(TM) Studio 11 with enhancements designed to simplify the
        development process and deliver the highest optimization and best
        performance for the development of scalable 32-bit and 64-bit
        applications on multi-core and multi-threaded systems. This results in
        an increase in developer productivity while requiring less hardware,
        electricity and footprint when deploying these demanding applications
        into production. Sun Studio software has contributed to 13 performance
        world records announced in 2005, with five recorded on this latest
        product release.
     -- UltraSPARC IV+ Processor -- On Sept. 20, Sun announced the release of
        Sun Fire servers powered by new UltraSPARC IV+ processors. The new
        systems offer customers up to a fivefold increase in performance over
        previous UltraSPARC processor generations. These recently announced
        systems deliver the industry's only "on the fly" upgrade path that
        allows customers to protect their investments in existing applications
        and infrastructure by leveraging the binary compatibility of the
        UltraSPARC processor and the Solaris OS to quickly and easily take
        advantage of the latest server technology.
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM)-- guides Sun in the
 development of technologies that power the world's most important markets.
 Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the
 forefront of the next wave of computing:  the Participation Age. Sun can be
 found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at
     Jacki DeCoster
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     (1)  SPECweb2005 -- Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 13854 SPECweb2005.
 IBM x346 (2 cores, 2 chips) 4348 SPECweb2005. SPEC, SPECweb reg tm of Standard
 Performance Evaluation Corporation. Sun Fire T2000 results submitted to SPEC.
 Other results from as of December 6, 2005. IBM x346
 Specifications from brochure, 09/05/05: . IBM x346 power
 rating estimated by calculating 70% of the power supply data reported in the
 product brochure. Sun Fire T2000 server power consumption of 330 watts taken
 from measurements made during the benchmark run.
     (2)  Results from internal tests -- Crypto Processing RSA & DSA sign
 operations @ 1024-bit. Sun Fire T2000 Server produced 12,850 RSA
 operations/second. Dell Power Edge 2850 produced 1900 RSA operations/second
     (3)  Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 13854 SPECweb2005. IBM p5 550 (4
 cores, 2 chips) 7881 SPECweb2005. SPEC, SPECweb reg tm of Standard Performance
 Evaluation Corporation. Sun Fire T2000 results submitted to SPEC. Other
 results from as of December 6, 2005. IBM p550 specifications,
 10/06/05, from . IBM
 550 power ratings calculated by applying 70% of the power supply data
 published in "Facts and Features Report", 10/06/05, posted at .
 Sun Fire T2000 server power consumption of 330 watts taken from measurements
 made during the benchmark run. IBM p5 550 based on October 4, 2005 pricing
 from configured with 4-way 1.9Ghz Power 5+ processor card with
 36MB of L3 cache and with 32GB of Memory (16X2GB DDR2 DIMMs), 2 X 73GB, 10Krpm
 Ultra320 SCSI disk drives, 2 X 1475W power supplies, 1 x 2-Port 10/100/1000
 Base-TX Ethernet PCI-X Adapter and Suse Linux (no cost). Total Cost = $49,907.
 Sun Fire T2000 Server configured with 1.2 Ghz UltraSPARC T1 processor, 32GB of
 Memory (16X2GB DDR2 DIMMs), 2 X 73GB, 10Krpm, 2 X power supplies, 4 x
 10/100/1000 Base-TX Ethernet ports and Solaris 10. Total Cost = $25,995.
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, Sun Fire, T1,
 N1, CoolThreads 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. Oracle, JD Edwards and PeopleSoft are registered
 trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.
     Safe Harbor
     This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Sun's
 beliefs and expectations regarding the shipping schedule for our Sun Fire
 T1000 servers. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
 risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that
 may cause actual results to differ materially. The following important
 factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those expressed in these forward-looking statements:  failure to rapidly and
 successfully develop and introduce new products and manage our inventory; and
 our reliance on single-source suppliers. Please also refer to Sun's periodic
 reports that are filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
 June 30, 2005 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter
 ended September 25, 2005. Sun disclaims any obligation and does not undertake
 to update or revise the forward-looking statements in this press release.

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