Sun's New Sun Fire(TM) 4800 Server - Fastest Web Server on the Planet

Sun Fire 4800 Server Running Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, Sun

StorEdge(TM) Systems, and iPlanet(TM) Web Server Sets New World Record in

SPECweb99 Benchmark



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW), today announced that its new Sun Fire 4800 server has raised
 the bar for Internet performance. With a record 8,739 simultaneous
 connections, the SPECweb99 benchmark results indicate that the Sun Fire 4800
 system is the fastest web server in the world, demonstrating better
 performance than both IBM and HP.
     The SPECweb99 benchmark is an industry-standard measure of Internet and
 web server performance, critical in today's modern multi-tiered datacenter.
 Sun's singular focus on the Solaris Operating Environment to provide superior
 performance at virtually every tier (web servers, application servers,
 database servers), is designed to provide consistent manageability that is
 unmatched by any other vendor solution.
     In addition to surpassing the published SPECweb99 benchmark numbers for
 all vendors, Sun recognizes that performance is only part of the complete
 solution set customers need to fulfill their IT requirements and help ensure
 success.
     Sun introduced the innovative Sun Fire 4800 midframe server to address
 high availability requirements, easy manageability, as well as high delivered
 performance. The new rack-mounted Sun Fire 4800 server delivers
 mainframe-class availability features never before offered at mid-range price
 points. These include redundant component interconnection technology, the
 ability to dynamically split one system into multiple systems, duplicate
 hardware components, and "on-the-fly" processor upgrades -- a capability IBM,
 HP and Compaq do not deliver in this class of system.
     Powered by 12 award-winning UltraSPARC(TM) III processors and running the
 industry-leading Solaris Operating Environment and Sun StorEdge T3 array, the
 Sun Fire 4800 server with the iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0
 software is designed for web services, as well as for running sophisticated
 e-commerce and general business applications. Over half of the top
 25 companies on the Fortune 500 list are Solaris implementations, with the
 iPlanet Web Server.
     The SPECweb99 benchmark is the fourth world-record performance mark set by
 the new Sun Fire line of servers, announced March 21, 2001.
 
     Sun Fire Servers
     The Sun Fire platform holds up to 24 CPUs, 192 GB memory, 4 Dynamic System
 Domains, 9.6 GB/s sustained I/O bandwidth, and is fully hardware redundant.
 The foundation of the new Sun Fire systems is breakthrough technology,
 including the Sun Fireplane(TM) interconnect, and a next-generation, balanced
 system design that delivers mainframe-class functionality at midrange price
 points.
 
     iPlanet Web Server Software
     iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0 software combines industrial
 strength reliability, performance, and security with the ability to deliver
 dynamic, personalized content, in an easy-to-manage environment enabling
 worry-free deployment of e-commerce sites. In addition to setting a new world
 record in the SPECweb99 benchmark simulation, iPlanet Web Server software
 helped CNN.COM set a real-world Internet traffic record for scalability. The
 iPlanet Web Server-powered CNN.COM site recently broke online records as it
 served up 150 million page impressions and accommodated more than 6.3 million
 visitors during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election.
 
     SPECweb99
     SPECweb99 is an acknowledged worldwide standard for web server performance
 evaluation. It represents the number of simultaneous connections the web
 server can support using the predefined workload.
     The SPECweb99 reflects real-world usage simulating accesses to a web
 service provider, where the server supports home pages for a number of
 different organizations. As in the real world, certain files within the home
 page are more popular than others. The workload simulates dynamic operations
 such as "rotating" advertisements on a web page, customized web page creation,
 and user registration.
     SPECweb99 was developed by SPEC's Open Systems Group (OSG). For further
 information on SPECweb99, visit http://www.spec.org/osg/web99.
 
     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:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Sun Fireplane,
 Solaris, Sun StorEdge, iPlanet 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 United
 States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon
 an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Ganier, 650-786-8088, or lisa.ganier@sun.com, or Laura
 Schmidt, 650-786-4097, or laura.schmidt@sun.com, both of Sun Microsystems,
 Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW), today announced that its new Sun Fire 4800 server has raised
 the bar for Internet performance. With a record 8,739 simultaneous
 connections, the SPECweb99 benchmark results indicate that the Sun Fire 4800
 system is the fastest web server in the world, demonstrating better
 performance than both IBM and HP.
     The SPECweb99 benchmark is an industry-standard measure of Internet and
 web server performance, critical in today's modern multi-tiered datacenter.
 Sun's singular focus on the Solaris Operating Environment to provide superior
 performance at virtually every tier (web servers, application servers,
 database servers), is designed to provide consistent manageability that is
 unmatched by any other vendor solution.
     In addition to surpassing the published SPECweb99 benchmark numbers for
 all vendors, Sun recognizes that performance is only part of the complete
 solution set customers need to fulfill their IT requirements and help ensure
 success.
     Sun introduced the innovative Sun Fire 4800 midframe server to address
 high availability requirements, easy manageability, as well as high delivered
 performance. The new rack-mounted Sun Fire 4800 server delivers
 mainframe-class availability features never before offered at mid-range price
 points. These include redundant component interconnection technology, the
 ability to dynamically split one system into multiple systems, duplicate
 hardware components, and "on-the-fly" processor upgrades -- a capability IBM,
 HP and Compaq do not deliver in this class of system.
     Powered by 12 award-winning UltraSPARC(TM) III processors and running the
 industry-leading Solaris Operating Environment and Sun StorEdge T3 array, the
 Sun Fire 4800 server with the iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0
 software is designed for web services, as well as for running sophisticated
 e-commerce and general business applications. Over half of the top
 25 companies on the Fortune 500 list are Solaris implementations, with the
 iPlanet Web Server.
     The SPECweb99 benchmark is the fourth world-record performance mark set by
 the new Sun Fire line of servers, announced March 21, 2001.
 
     Sun Fire Servers
     The Sun Fire platform holds up to 24 CPUs, 192 GB memory, 4 Dynamic System
 Domains, 9.6 GB/s sustained I/O bandwidth, and is fully hardware redundant.
 The foundation of the new Sun Fire systems is breakthrough technology,
 including the Sun Fireplane(TM) interconnect, and a next-generation, balanced
 system design that delivers mainframe-class functionality at midrange price
 points.
 
     iPlanet Web Server Software
     iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0 software combines industrial
 strength reliability, performance, and security with the ability to deliver
 dynamic, personalized content, in an easy-to-manage environment enabling
 worry-free deployment of e-commerce sites. In addition to setting a new world
 record in the SPECweb99 benchmark simulation, iPlanet Web Server software
 helped CNN.COM set a real-world Internet traffic record for scalability. The
 iPlanet Web Server-powered CNN.COM site recently broke online records as it
 served up 150 million page impressions and accommodated more than 6.3 million
 visitors during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election.
 
     SPECweb99
     SPECweb99 is an acknowledged worldwide standard for web server performance
 evaluation. It represents the number of simultaneous connections the web
 server can support using the predefined workload.
     The SPECweb99 reflects real-world usage simulating accesses to a web
 service provider, where the server supports home pages for a number of
 different organizations. As in the real world, certain files within the home
 page are more popular than others. The workload simulates dynamic operations
 such as "rotating" advertisements on a web page, customized web page creation,
 and user registration.
     SPECweb99 was developed by SPEC's Open Systems Group (OSG). For further
 information on SPECweb99, visit http://www.spec.org/osg/web99.
 
     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:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Sun Fireplane,
 Solaris, Sun StorEdge, iPlanet 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 United
 States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon
 an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Ganier, 650-786-8088, or lisa.ganier@sun.com, or Laura
 Schmidt, 650-786-4097, or laura.schmidt@sun.com, both of Sun Microsystems,
 Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.