Sun and ATG Unveil Technology Milestones for ATG Dynamo on the Sun Platform

SunTone Program Certification and Scalability Benchmark Demonstrate Strong

Technology Advantage



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and ATG (Art Technology Group, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ARTG)) today highlighted the advantage of their combined technology
 with ATG's receipt of SunTone(SM) Program Certification and unprecedented
 benchmark results for the ATG Dynamo(TM) e-Business Platform running on Sun
 Enterprise(TM) 10000 servers.  This announcement comes as the two companies'
 combined technology advantage will be further progressed with an extended
 technology and global marketing alliance, announced today in a separate
 release (See also:  Sun and ATG Strengthen Relationship with Strategic Global
 Alliance).  Working together has earned them a reputation for delivering
 superb e-business functionality, performance and scalability to customers in
 retail, financial services and emerging markets like wireless.
 
     Achieving Recognition for Excellence
     To provide customers with a means for identifying high-quality sources for
 Web services and applications, Sun has established the SunTone Certification
 and Branding program.  As a SunTone Certified application, ATG Dynamo conforms
 to the program's requirements for scalability, security and manageability.
     The strength and reliability of ATG Dynamo also has been recognized by
 Forrester Research, which placed the ATG Dynamo Commerce Suite 5.0 first among
 commerce platforms in its March 2001 Commerce Platform TechRankings.
 
     Performance and Scalability Put to the Test
     Together, ATG and Sun put their solution to the test to demonstrate the
 inherent scalability and strength of ATG Dynamo running on Sun systems.  The
 scalability tests were designed as a complex, fully dynamic, personalized
 e-commerce Web application producing up to 582 pages per second or more than
 50 million pages per day while scaling linearly as processing power was added
 to the deployment.  This result was achieved on a realistic site using a
 complex combination of the features ATG offers in its ATG Dynamo Commerce
 Suite.  The results of the "ATG Dynamo and Sun Scalability Report" show that
 high-performance is not compromised as advanced features and incremental
 processing power are added to meet the needs of a growing customer base and
 evolving business environment.  Other performance tests show even faster
 results with simpler sites.
     "These results support the benefits of ATG Dynamo that we have seen in our
 joint customer implementations in the past," said Doug Kaewert, vice
 president, Sun Developer Network Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "ATG Dynamo,
 running on Sun Enterprise servers, has again demonstrated impressive
 scalability and high performance that businesses demand."
     Results similar to those of the laboratory simulation have been
 experienced in business environments by many of ATG and Sun's joint customers,
 including Sony Online Entertainment.  Since its launch in 1997, membership on
 the Sony site has grown to more than 4 million users. To meet this need, ATG
 Dynamo has scaled on Sun servers to support as many as 150,000 concurrent
 users and more than 16 million hits per day.
     "Sony exemplifies the importance of the scalability ATG and Sun have
 achieved both in laboratory and active business environments," said Joe Chung,
 co-founder and CTO of ATG.  "We provide the e-business foundation that enables
 our customers to grow their e-businesses to profitability by scaling to meet
 their needs every step of the way."
     With more than 650 joint customers on the Solaris(TM) Operating
 Environment, technology alignment is important.  ATG has committed to
 developing customer management applications on the Java(TM) platform and
 embracing open, industry standards.  Standards like Java(TM) technology
 provide for increased scalability and ease of deployment across multiple
 device types like wireless.  With Sun's support, ATG continues to develop
 e-business applications for next-generation solutions, including development
 of wireless applications based on Sun's Java(TM) 2 platform, Micro Edition
 (J2ME(TM)) technology.
 
     About ATG
     ATG is a leading provider of customer management and e-commerce products
 and services.  ATG offers an integrated suite of Java(TM) application
 server-based products and services, as well as related application
 development, integration and support services.  The ATG Dynamo(TM) e-Business
 Platform enables Global 2000 enterprises, as well as new businesses using the
 Internet as their primary business channel, to understand, manage and build
 their online customer relationships and to more effectively market, sell and
 support their products and services over the Internet.
     With its network of more than 250 partners, ATG has delivered e-business
 solutions to more than 670 companies worldwide including Aetna Services, Inc.,
 American Airlines, Blockbuster, BMG Direct, eChips, Eastman Kodak, HSBC,
 Herman Miller, J. Crew and Sun Microsystems.  The company is headquartered in
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, with additional locations throughout North America,
 Europe, Asia and Australia.  ATG can be found on the Web at www.atg.com.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  ATG, Art Technology Group, the Techmark, the ATG Logo, and Dynamo
 are registered trademarks, and Personalization Server and Scenario Server are
 trademarks, of Art Technology Group, Inc.  All other trademarks are the
 property of their respective holders.
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, J2EE, Sun Enterprise, and The
 Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the
 safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
 may cause ATG's actual results, levels of activity, performance or
 achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of
 activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements.  Important risk factors affecting ATG's business
 generally may be found in ATG's periodic reports and registration statements
 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Risk factors related to
 the subject matter of this press release include the possibility that the ATG
 software will not be able to perform according to the laboratory test results
 published in this release; that the ATG and Sun products will not remain
 compatible; that ATG will not remain SunTone certified; and that the risks and
 costs of intellectual property litigation may impair ATG's ability to supply
 products.  ATG undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking
 statements after the date of this press release.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and ATG (Art Technology Group, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ARTG)) today highlighted the advantage of their combined technology
 with ATG's receipt of SunTone(SM) Program Certification and unprecedented
 benchmark results for the ATG Dynamo(TM) e-Business Platform running on Sun
 Enterprise(TM) 10000 servers.  This announcement comes as the two companies'
 combined technology advantage will be further progressed with an extended
 technology and global marketing alliance, announced today in a separate
 release (See also:  Sun and ATG Strengthen Relationship with Strategic Global
 Alliance).  Working together has earned them a reputation for delivering
 superb e-business functionality, performance and scalability to customers in
 retail, financial services and emerging markets like wireless.
 
     Achieving Recognition for Excellence
     To provide customers with a means for identifying high-quality sources for
 Web services and applications, Sun has established the SunTone Certification
 and Branding program.  As a SunTone Certified application, ATG Dynamo conforms
 to the program's requirements for scalability, security and manageability.
     The strength and reliability of ATG Dynamo also has been recognized by
 Forrester Research, which placed the ATG Dynamo Commerce Suite 5.0 first among
 commerce platforms in its March 2001 Commerce Platform TechRankings.
 
     Performance and Scalability Put to the Test
     Together, ATG and Sun put their solution to the test to demonstrate the
 inherent scalability and strength of ATG Dynamo running on Sun systems.  The
 scalability tests were designed as a complex, fully dynamic, personalized
 e-commerce Web application producing up to 582 pages per second or more than
 50 million pages per day while scaling linearly as processing power was added
 to the deployment.  This result was achieved on a realistic site using a
 complex combination of the features ATG offers in its ATG Dynamo Commerce
 Suite.  The results of the "ATG Dynamo and Sun Scalability Report" show that
 high-performance is not compromised as advanced features and incremental
 processing power are added to meet the needs of a growing customer base and
 evolving business environment.  Other performance tests show even faster
 results with simpler sites.
     "These results support the benefits of ATG Dynamo that we have seen in our
 joint customer implementations in the past," said Doug Kaewert, vice
 president, Sun Developer Network Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "ATG Dynamo,
 running on Sun Enterprise servers, has again demonstrated impressive
 scalability and high performance that businesses demand."
     Results similar to those of the laboratory simulation have been
 experienced in business environments by many of ATG and Sun's joint customers,
 including Sony Online Entertainment.  Since its launch in 1997, membership on
 the Sony site has grown to more than 4 million users. To meet this need, ATG
 Dynamo has scaled on Sun servers to support as many as 150,000 concurrent
 users and more than 16 million hits per day.
     "Sony exemplifies the importance of the scalability ATG and Sun have
 achieved both in laboratory and active business environments," said Joe Chung,
 co-founder and CTO of ATG.  "We provide the e-business foundation that enables
 our customers to grow their e-businesses to profitability by scaling to meet
 their needs every step of the way."
     With more than 650 joint customers on the Solaris(TM) Operating
 Environment, technology alignment is important.  ATG has committed to
 developing customer management applications on the Java(TM) platform and
 embracing open, industry standards.  Standards like Java(TM) technology
 provide for increased scalability and ease of deployment across multiple
 device types like wireless.  With Sun's support, ATG continues to develop
 e-business applications for next-generation solutions, including development
 of wireless applications based on Sun's Java(TM) 2 platform, Micro Edition
 (J2ME(TM)) technology.
 
     About ATG
     ATG is a leading provider of customer management and e-commerce products
 and services.  ATG offers an integrated suite of Java(TM) application
 server-based products and services, as well as related application
 development, integration and support services.  The ATG Dynamo(TM) e-Business
 Platform enables Global 2000 enterprises, as well as new businesses using the
 Internet as their primary business channel, to understand, manage and build
 their online customer relationships and to more effectively market, sell and
 support their products and services over the Internet.
     With its network of more than 250 partners, ATG has delivered e-business
 solutions to more than 670 companies worldwide including Aetna Services, Inc.,
 American Airlines, Blockbuster, BMG Direct, eChips, Eastman Kodak, HSBC,
 Herman Miller, J. Crew and Sun Microsystems.  The company is headquartered in
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, with additional locations throughout North America,
 Europe, Asia and Australia.  ATG can be found on the Web at www.atg.com.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  ATG, Art Technology Group, the Techmark, the ATG Logo, and Dynamo
 are registered trademarks, and Personalization Server and Scenario Server are
 trademarks, of Art Technology Group, Inc.  All other trademarks are the
 property of their respective holders.
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, J2EE, Sun Enterprise, and The
 Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the
 safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
 may cause ATG's actual results, levels of activity, performance or
 achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of
 activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements.  Important risk factors affecting ATG's business
 generally may be found in ATG's periodic reports and registration statements
 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Risk factors related to
 the subject matter of this press release include the possibility that the ATG
 software will not be able to perform according to the laboratory test results
 published in this release; that the ATG and Sun products will not remain
 compatible; that ATG will not remain SunTone certified; and that the risks and
 costs of intellectual property litigation may impair ATG's ability to supply
 products.  ATG undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking
 statements after the date of this press release.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.