Sun Microsystems Completes Acquisition of HighGround Systems

Technology Enables Sun to Take a Leadership Role in the Growing Storage

Resource Management Market



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced today that it has completed
 the acquisition of HighGround Systems, Inc.  HighGround, based in Marlboro,
 Mass., is recognized as a leading developer of storage resource management
 (SRM) solutions for storage network environments.  The acquisition extends
 Sun's existing storage software product line and enables Sun to take a
 leadership role in the emerging storage resource management market.
     "The acquisition of HighGround and the planned acquisition of LSC are key
 components in Sun's strategy to deliver easily managed, open storage
 networks," said Ed Zander, president and chief operating officer,
 Sun Microsystems.  "Even with the changing U.S. economy, Sun is aggressively
 investing in storage to strengthen our product suite and bolster our already
 faster-than-market growth and momentum.  These investments will have a direct
 impact on enabling our customers to lower their total cost of ownership for
 data storage."
     Sun acquired HighGround in a stock-for-stock transaction.  With the close
 of the deal, HighGround becomes part of Sun's Network Storage organization,
 led by Executive Vice President Mark Canepa.  HighGround's SRM products are
 available now from Sun, reflecting a commitment to uninterrupted product
 delivery to SRM's existing customer base while immediately bringing the
 benefits of this acquisition to Sun's customers.  The new product suite
 broadens Sun's software portfolio and helps give customers the tools they need
 to take control over their complex storage environments.
     "ASG has been a Sun reseller for more than a decade, and we recently added
 HighGround SRM products to our portfolio," said John Murphy, executive vice
 president of ASG.  "We view this acquisition as a positive move.  By combining
 HighGround's open systems expertise in storage resource management with Sun's
 competency in integratable, end-to-end solutions, we should be able to deliver
 even more value add to our customers to help them conquer their IT
 challenges."
     Sun is a major force in the multi-billion dollar storage market and a
 leader in the movement toward open storage networks.  HighGround's SRM
 products will expand Sun's offerings to include new storage resource
 management capabilities and multi-platform tools for easy management of data
 and efficient control of resources.  The integration of HighGround's products
 and expertise is a key component of Sun's mission to connect anyone to the Web
 anywhere, anytime and on any device.
     "We use both Unix(R) and NT systems in our IT infrastructure, and we look
 forward to the addition of HighGround's SRM solutions to the storage offerings
 from Sun," said Bill Wheeler, network systems engineer for VW Credit, Inc.
 "This is a positive step toward enabling businesses like ours to realize the
 true benefits of easily managed, open storage networks.  With its
 open-platform offerings and open-platform engineers, HighGround's products fit
 perfectly with Sun's strategy for open software and open storage networks."
 
     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 dot-com their businesses.
 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.
     For more information:  www.sun.com/storage/highground.
 
     The above news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
 risks and uncertainties.  These forward-looking statements include statements
 regarding the planned acquisition of LSC, Inc., Sun's continued aggressive
 investment in storage and the impact such investments will have on customers,
 Sun's commitment to uninterrupted product delivery to HighGround's existing
 customer base, bringing the benefits of the acquisition to Sun's customers,
 and the value of integrating HighGround's products and services into Sun.
 Actual results may vary materially from the results discussed in the
 forward-looking statements.  Factors that may cause such a difference include
 those risks surrounding the successful integration of HighGround into Sun's
 business, the timely development, production and acceptance of products and
 services contemplated by the acquisition and each company's ability to compete
 in the highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace and other risks
 detailed from time to time in Sun's periodic reports filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.  UNIX is a registered trademark in the
 United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open
 Company, Ltd.
 
     Investor Contact:
      Mark Paisley
      Sun Microsystems, Inc
      650-336-2238
      mark.paisley@sun.com
 
     Media Contact:
      Suzanne Eaton
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      510-574-9747
      suzanne.eaton@sun.com
 
     Industry Analyst Contact:
      Karen Zamel
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      510-574-9039
      karen.zamel@sun.com
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced today that it has completed
 the acquisition of HighGround Systems, Inc.  HighGround, based in Marlboro,
 Mass., is recognized as a leading developer of storage resource management
 (SRM) solutions for storage network environments.  The acquisition extends
 Sun's existing storage software product line and enables Sun to take a
 leadership role in the emerging storage resource management market.
     "The acquisition of HighGround and the planned acquisition of LSC are key
 components in Sun's strategy to deliver easily managed, open storage
 networks," said Ed Zander, president and chief operating officer,
 Sun Microsystems.  "Even with the changing U.S. economy, Sun is aggressively
 investing in storage to strengthen our product suite and bolster our already
 faster-than-market growth and momentum.  These investments will have a direct
 impact on enabling our customers to lower their total cost of ownership for
 data storage."
     Sun acquired HighGround in a stock-for-stock transaction.  With the close
 of the deal, HighGround becomes part of Sun's Network Storage organization,
 led by Executive Vice President Mark Canepa.  HighGround's SRM products are
 available now from Sun, reflecting a commitment to uninterrupted product
 delivery to SRM's existing customer base while immediately bringing the
 benefits of this acquisition to Sun's customers.  The new product suite
 broadens Sun's software portfolio and helps give customers the tools they need
 to take control over their complex storage environments.
     "ASG has been a Sun reseller for more than a decade, and we recently added
 HighGround SRM products to our portfolio," said John Murphy, executive vice
 president of ASG.  "We view this acquisition as a positive move.  By combining
 HighGround's open systems expertise in storage resource management with Sun's
 competency in integratable, end-to-end solutions, we should be able to deliver
 even more value add to our customers to help them conquer their IT
 challenges."
     Sun is a major force in the multi-billion dollar storage market and a
 leader in the movement toward open storage networks.  HighGround's SRM
 products will expand Sun's offerings to include new storage resource
 management capabilities and multi-platform tools for easy management of data
 and efficient control of resources.  The integration of HighGround's products
 and expertise is a key component of Sun's mission to connect anyone to the Web
 anywhere, anytime and on any device.
     "We use both Unix(R) and NT systems in our IT infrastructure, and we look
 forward to the addition of HighGround's SRM solutions to the storage offerings
 from Sun," said Bill Wheeler, network systems engineer for VW Credit, Inc.
 "This is a positive step toward enabling businesses like ours to realize the
 true benefits of easily managed, open storage networks.  With its
 open-platform offerings and open-platform engineers, HighGround's products fit
 perfectly with Sun's strategy for open software and open storage networks."
 
     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 dot-com their businesses.
 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.
     For more information:  www.sun.com/storage/highground.
 
     The above news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
 risks and uncertainties.  These forward-looking statements include statements
 regarding the planned acquisition of LSC, Inc., Sun's continued aggressive
 investment in storage and the impact such investments will have on customers,
 Sun's commitment to uninterrupted product delivery to HighGround's existing
 customer base, bringing the benefits of the acquisition to Sun's customers,
 and the value of integrating HighGround's products and services into Sun.
 Actual results may vary materially from the results discussed in the
 forward-looking statements.  Factors that may cause such a difference include
 those risks surrounding the successful integration of HighGround into Sun's
 business, the timely development, production and acceptance of products and
 services contemplated by the acquisition and each company's ability to compete
 in the highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace and other risks
 detailed from time to time in Sun's periodic reports filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.  UNIX is a registered trademark in the
 United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open
 Company, Ltd.
 
     Investor Contact:
      Mark Paisley
      Sun Microsystems, Inc
      650-336-2238
      mark.paisley@sun.com
 
     Media Contact:
      Suzanne Eaton
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      510-574-9747
      suzanne.eaton@sun.com
 
     Industry Analyst Contact:
      Karen Zamel
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      510-574-9039
      karen.zamel@sun.com
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.