Sun Microsystems Marks New Era in Network Computing With Breakthrough CoolThreads Technology - Unveils High-Performance, Eco-Responsible Server Line

Sun Closes Year of Innovation With Major Global Launch of New Sun Fire Servers Powered by CoolThreads Technology; Unveils Powerful 9.6 GHz, Eight Core Microprocessor Design to Leave Competitors in Dual-Core Dust; Unveils New Purchase Programs and Plans to Open Source Processor Technology to Developer Communities

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Network Computing 2005 Q4 (NC05Q4) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today made several game changing announcements, including the early arrival of its revolutionary new 9.6 GHz-based, high-performance systems, led by the Sun Fire(TM) T1000 and T2000 servers with CoolThreads(TM) technology. Continuing its commitment to the developer community and to addressing the growing needs of the next-generation Internet, Sun also announced its intent to open source the company's massively-threaded processor technology to further lower the barriers to innovation and application development. As part of this global product roll-out, taking place over the next two weeks in more than 25 countries, Sun will showcase unprecedented support for its new server line and UltraSPARC(R) T1(TM) microprocessor from a wide range of global technology leaders including Oracle, Symantec and BEA.

For more information related to all of Sun's NC05Q4 announcements, go to Sun's online press kit at .

"Sun's innovations are once again at the forefront of driving the industry and the economic reality of building out the next generation Internet," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This is a quarter filled with global firsts -- the world's first 9.6 GHz industry-standard server, the first truly open source microprocessor, the world's first open source operating system and web services stack, and the world's most complete lineup of sustainable innovations for the growing network infrastructure market. 'The Network is the Computer' has never been more true than today and Sun has never been more competitive."

Sun's major moves across its software, hardware and services offerings are driving some of the most significant changes the industry has seen in years, forever changing the game for datacenter customers. Setting a new industry standard for performance, space and energy efficiency, powered by the breakthrough technology of the UltraSPARC T1 processor, Sun's new server line beats the competition on performance, slashing energy consumption and reducing costly datacenter space requirements. For example, Sun's new systems are more than three times faster than IBM Xeon systems at nearly half the power and cooling costs and with 4.2 times better performance per watt(1). CoolThreads servers also have nearly seven times greater performance than Dell Xeon systems(2) and have 76 percent more performance at 2.3 times lower power consumption than an IBM 4-way Power 5+ system, while costing nearly half as much(3). This new server announcement, along with previous x64 and UltraSPARC IV+ server announcements, make Sun's server line-up the most compelling offering for customers looking to turbocharge their datacenter for the next wave of the Internet.

    Changing the Game -- New Products and Offerings from Sun -- NC05Q4
    -- Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers -- Toppling a series of world-record
       benchmarks to claim its leading position for price/performance, Sun
       announced today the release of the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers
       featuring patented CoolThreads technology. A major advancement that
       leverages the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), the new server line
       is based on the recently announced, massively-threaded UltraSPARC T1
       processor and offers industry leading, world record price/performance
       for web, database and application processing. The new system is
       designed to save customers millions in power, cooling and space costs.
       The new Sun Fire T2000 server is available immediately, and the Sun
       Fire T1000 can be ordered now for delivery in March 2006. Both servers
       include a host of new integrated offers designed to stimulate rapid
    -- OpenSPARC(TM) Project -- Sun announced its intent to open source its
       UltraSPARC processor technology and publish certain specifications for
       the UltraSPARC-based chip including the source of the design expressed
       in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set
       architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris
       OS port.
    -- Try It Before You Buy It -- Given the high level of interest in these
       new breakthrough systems, Sun is now offering the industry's largest
       "Try and Buy" program that enables customers and ISV partners to test
       out a new Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 server running the highly threaded
       UltraSPARC T1 processor free of charge for 90 days, with the option to
       purchase the system at the end. For more information, please go to:
    -- Space, Wattage and Performance (SWaP) Metric -- Sun is also announcing
       an important new metric for customers to use as they evaluate their
       datacenter efficiencies and systems performance. It is the big picture
       for datacenter managers -- it measures Space, Wattage and Performance
       (SWaP). The new SWaP metric is the only true measure of
       industry-standard server efficiency:  performance / (space x power).
    -- Full Protection Plans -- Sun also announced two new Full Protection
       Plans, integrated system and services programs that offer customers low
       total cost of ownership, reduced budgetary risk and increased system
       availability. When customers choose the Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 system,
       they get more than just a server; they receive the world's most
       powerful operating system, Solaris 10, and the option to purchase a
       Full Protection Plan that goes far beyond basic break/fix warranty
       programs. Sun's Full Protection Plans are simple to purchase, include
       the essential, recommended services and offer transparent three-year
       pricing that enables customers to predict and better manage their IT
    -- CoolThreads Prize For Innovation -- Sun launched its CoolThreads
       competition to inspire new software development for its breakthrough
       Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 server line. In this competition, developers
       and ISVs have the opportunity to win $50,000 in cash by developing
       ground-breaking applications or improving on existing applications,
       within the next six months, for optimal throughput performance and
       scaling. For further details about the CoolThreads Developer Contest
       and full contest rules, please visit .
    -- Sun N1(TM) System Management software -- Sun N1 System Manager v1.2 now
       includes support for the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. This
       integrated solution allows customers to perform operating system
       provisioning and system management of the Sun Fire servers announced
       today and Sun's x64 industry-standard systems announced in September.
       Sun Management Console 3.6 adds support for several Solaris 10 features
       including Dynamic Tracing, Predictive Self-Healing and Solaris
       Containers. The Sun N1 Management portfolio includes Sun N1 System
       Manager, Sun Management Center, N1 Service Provisioning System and the
       Sun N1 Grid Engine. These products help enterprises lower operational
       costs and improve business efficiency by simplifying  the  management  of
              systems  and  services  in  customers'  heterogeneous  datacenters.

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