Sun Microsystems Upgrades Java(TM) Enterprise System - Over 1.3 Million Subscribers Strong

New Modular Offerings Simplify Enterprise Buying Experience, Lower TCO for Customers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 1 / -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced the immediate availability of the latest version of the Sun Java(TM) Enterprise System (Java ES). Java ES 5.0 is a unique and comprehensive set of subscription-based services that work in conjunction with top enterprise operating systems(OS) like Solaris 10 OS to combine software, support, and professional and educational services in a single package, for one single price.

The new Java ES v5.0 is now modular and provides greater choices for enterprises to consolidate their IT infrastructure on an integrated, open, and standards-based software system. The new system allows customers to sign-on for the core Java(TM) ES 5.0 Base and then maximize the value of their IT spending by easily adding on subscriptions to Sun's industry-leading Sun Java(TM) System Identity Manager or Sun Java(TM) Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS). This unique flexibility gives customers greater choice, better value and lower TCO.

"The newest version of Java ES will help our customers to consolidate their licensing costs, reduce integration costs, and improve both functionality and flexibility of our distributed applications, identity management solutions and web services," said Jim McHugh, vice-president, Software Infrastructure, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Equifax and Other Industry Leaders Love New Features in Java Enterprise System

With the release of Java ES 5.0, the Sun Java(TM) Identity Management Suite is being refreshed to include major updates with eLearning online classes. In addition, qualified customers receive flexible services designed to help customers with requirements throughout the solution lifecycle with activities such as architecture, installation, system health checks, and the recently introduced Learning Definition Service.

"For more than a year, we have been using Sun's Java Enterprise System to further streamlines our compliance processes and software licensing requirements," said Mark Satterfield, senior vice-president, Enterprise Planning and Architecture, Equifax. "Since the implementation, we have gained greater scalability and flexibility of our applications, enabling us to capture new opportunities and drive new business initiatives."

Since 2006, Sun has been significantly growing the total number of Java ES subscribers to over 1.3 million. In addition, over the past year, Sun released a new version of Identity Manager and Portal Server products and Gartner named Sun as the worldwide market share leader in identity management software (Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning, 1H06, April 25, 2006). Sun was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its December 2006 Forrester Wave(TM) report. In this evaluation, Sun was cited as a Leader/Strong Performer for Integration-Centric Business Process Management Suites. This designation demonstrates the successful integration of the SeeBeyond(TM) business integration technology into its current Sun Java(TM) Java CAPS.

With a unique integrated approach of products and services throughout its Software Infrastructure product line (Java Enterprise System Platform, SOA, Identity), Sun Services offerings help secure successful deployments, helping to reduce risks and addressing customer challenges and business drivers in each phase of the project lifecycle.

About Java Enterprise System

The Java Enterprise System is an open, standards-based software system that delivers a core set of industry-leading shared enterprise network services as a single, integrated entity on a predictable release cycle. It serves as the strategic underpinning of Sun's software strategy. For more information on the Java Enterprise System please visit:

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 .

Alex Plant
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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