Sun Microsystems Awards Grant to Support the Open Bioinformatics Foundation's Open-Source Research Tools

Foundation Will Use Hardware to Share Standards-based Open Source Tools

For the International Computational Biology Community



Sep 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that it will grant
 hardware, including servers and a secure storage system, to the Open
 Bioinformatics Foundation, which distributes, develops and supports
 standards-based open source tools for life science research and data
 integration. The foundation will use the hardware to update its
 infrastructure, enabling more reliable and secure distribution of its tools
 and collaborative services over the Web.
     The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (www.open-bio.org) supports the largest
 and most active community of volunteer developers dedicated to creating freely
 available standards-base tools for life science informatics. By promoting open
 standards tools, the foundation helps facilitate data interchange within the
 bioinformatics community while saving researchers time and costs.
     The foundation will use Sun hardware, including Netra rackmount servers, a
 Netra st A1000 storage array and a Sun Cobalt RAQ 4 rackmount server
 appliance, to meet its large and growing demand for tools and to create secure
 protection of its source code.
     "The grant from Sun puts us at a milestone in our project's history. With
 Sun hardware at the heart of our third-generation infrastructure, our users
 will benefit from superior performance, data integrity and security," said
 Chris Dagdigian, systems manager and project administrator for the Open
 Bioinformatics Foundation. "This will allow us to meet the growing demand for
 open-source bioinformatics tools, and continue to build international support
 for the open standards approach to life sciences research."
     "We are very pleased to support the efforts of the Open Bioinformatics
 Foundation as part of Sun's commitment to open standards and initiatives such
 as the I3C Consortium in life sciences," said Dr. Stefan Unger, business
 development manager, Global Education and Research for Sun. "By providing
 reliable access to powerful open-source tools such as BioXML, BioJAVA,
 BioPERL, BioCORBA, and BioDAS, the foundation aids in strengthening open
 standards-based research. The foundation unites a community of researchers to
 share information and methods and further their studies while reducing costs."
     "As leader of the Ensembl project, an effort to annotate eukaryotic
 genomes, open source software is critical to our mission," said Ewan Birney,
 team leader, European Bioinformatics Institute. "We respect Sun's commitment
 to facilitating and supporting open data standards in
 computational biology."
 
     Sun in Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instruction systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education. For information about Sun in
 Education, please visit http://www.sun.com/edu .  For more information on
 Sun's computational biology programs, please visit www.sun.com/edu/hpc .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer -- 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
 $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries
 and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Netra, and Cobalt are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries.
     Press announcements and other information about Sun Microsystems are
 available on the Internet via the World Wide Web using a tool such as Netscape
 Navigator or Sun's HotJava. Type http://www.sun.com at the URL prompt.
 
     CONTACT:  Doron Aronson of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-517-5529, or
 doron.aronson@sun.com; or Sara Bettencourt of Alexander Ogilvy,
 +1-415-677-2740, or sbettencourt@alexanderogilvy.com, for Sun Microsystems,
 Inc.
 
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    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that it will grant
 hardware, including servers and a secure storage system, to the Open
 Bioinformatics Foundation, which distributes, develops and supports
 standards-based open source tools for life science research and data
 integration. The foundation will use the hardware to update its
 infrastructure, enabling more reliable and secure distribution of its tools
 and collaborative services over the Web.
     The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (www.open-bio.org) supports the largest
 and most active community of volunteer developers dedicated to creating freely
 available standards-base tools for life science informatics. By promoting open
 standards tools, the foundation helps facilitate data interchange within the
 bioinformatics community while saving researchers time and costs.
     The foundation will use Sun hardware, including Netra rackmount servers, a
 Netra st A1000 storage array and a Sun Cobalt RAQ 4 rackmount server
 appliance, to meet its large and growing demand for tools and to create secure
 protection of its source code.
     "The grant from Sun puts us at a milestone in our project's history. With
 Sun hardware at the heart of our third-generation infrastructure, our users
 will benefit from superior performance, data integrity and security," said
 Chris Dagdigian, systems manager and project administrator for the Open
 Bioinformatics Foundation. "This will allow us to meet the growing demand for
 open-source bioinformatics tools, and continue to build international support
 for the open standards approach to life sciences research."
     "We are very pleased to support the efforts of the Open Bioinformatics
 Foundation as part of Sun's commitment to open standards and initiatives such
 as the I3C Consortium in life sciences," said Dr. Stefan Unger, business
 development manager, Global Education and Research for Sun. "By providing
 reliable access to powerful open-source tools such as BioXML, BioJAVA,
 BioPERL, BioCORBA, and BioDAS, the foundation aids in strengthening open
 standards-based research. The foundation unites a community of researchers to
 share information and methods and further their studies while reducing costs."
     "As leader of the Ensembl project, an effort to annotate eukaryotic
 genomes, open source software is critical to our mission," said Ewan Birney,
 team leader, European Bioinformatics Institute. "We respect Sun's commitment
 to facilitating and supporting open data standards in
 computational biology."
 
     Sun in Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instruction systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education. For information about Sun in
 Education, please visit http://www.sun.com/edu .  For more information on
 Sun's computational biology programs, please visit www.sun.com/edu/hpc .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer -- 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
 $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries
 and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Netra, and Cobalt are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries.
     Press announcements and other information about Sun Microsystems are
 available on the Internet via the World Wide Web using a tool such as Netscape
 Navigator or Sun's HotJava. Type http://www.sun.com at the URL prompt.
 
     CONTACT:  Doron Aronson of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-517-5529, or
 doron.aronson@sun.com; or Sara Bettencourt of Alexander Ogilvy,
 +1-415-677-2740, or sbettencourt@alexanderogilvy.com, for Sun Microsystems,
 Inc.
 
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